Vision and Success at School
Every parent wants their child to be successful in school. But as many as 25 percent of children in any classroom have vision problems that keep them from attaining their highest level of success. Four of 5 classroom hours involve doing near vision work less than arm's length from a child's eyes. Many children and adults cannot handle such intense, prolonged near vision work.
Some children lose vision to nearsightedness; others avoid near vision work and do poorly at school. Some children struggle along, reading and re-reading passages to comprehend them, still others get headaches or score low on reading assignments.
Optometric research has proven many ways to deal with learning-related vision problems. Sometimes in simple, direct ways lenses help. In more complex cases, re-training the child to see efficiently will result in increased ability to comprehend. Vision research has shown ways to prevent or reduce permanent vision loss to nearsightedness, and turn children who "hate" or avoid reading into content and interested readers.
If you have a child whose school problems fit the checklist below, or you know someone with such a child, you are invited to attend a special workshop on vision and learning at the time and place shown below. You'll be glad you attended.
A Reading Problem Checklist
If you check off more than a few of these signs and symptoms, it is likely that a vision problem exists.
- Takes "hours" to do homework that should take a few minutes.
- Skips words or lines while reading. Often overlooks or mis-reads short words.
- Rubs eyes, red eyes or gets headaches in the afternoon.
- Poor concentration when reading.
- Cannot comprehend material that has just been read. Must re-read to obtain meaning.
- Falls asleep or gets tired when reading, especially toward end of the school day.
- Slow-hesitant reading even when re-reading material.
- Attention span shortens when doing intense close-up work
- Must use finger or marker to hold place while reading.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Nancy Guenthner, OD, FCOVD
Aspire Vision Care
7700 Cat Hollow Dr. Ste. 105
Round Rock, TX 78681
In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to assess, test for and distinguish visual conditions that keep some children from doing well in school. You'll have an opportunity to practice tests on other participants, ask questions, and meet with other parents and professionals.