Eyesight and Education Are Linked!
Clear and healthy vision is essential for learning. Think about it – the vast majority of information taught in school is conveyed through visual tools. Without the ability to see the classroom board, read the computer screen, or switch focus between near and far, your child won’t be able to keep up in the classroom.
Vision problems in children are relatively common. Unfortunately, when these problems are left untreated, they can interfere with learning basic skills, such as reading and writing. Make sure your child is equipped for educational success and book regular pediatric eye exams with our eye doctors in Greensboro and Winston-Salem.
Pediatric Eye Exams Detect Vision Problems in Children
At Fox Eye Care, our optometrists will evaluate your child’s eyes for 20/20 visual acuity, as well as verify that any refractive vision condition – such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism – is resolved properly with eyeglasses or contact lenses.
In addition to these common vision disorders, we also check for less obvious conditions that can lead to learning problems in children. For example, we will assess:
- Eye teaming: how eyes are synchronized to work together and converge for proper eye alignment; reading depends upon this
- Eye movement: the ability to move eyes across a printed page
- Eye focusing: changing from near to far and back again, such as when copying information from a classroom board
- Binocular vision: combining visual images from both eyes to form a single, 3D image
- Visual-motor integration: eye-hand coordination that’s significant for clear handwriting, copying information smoothly and playing sports
- Visual perception: the ability to identify and comprehend visual images, connect them with information already learned and discriminate between important and secondary details
Signs of a Vision Condition that Can Cause Learning Problems in Children
Your child may complain about a variety of symptoms that could be related to an untreated vision condition. Typical warning signs include:
- Frequent headaches
- Double vision, often when reading
- Poor reading comprehension
- Sloppy handwriting
- Inability to sit still and focus during class
All of the above symptoms can point to a possible vision disorder. The only reliable way to diagnose a vision problem in children is by visiting our eye care center in Greensboro or Winston-Salem for a comprehensive eye exam for kids. We will examine your child’s eyes and visual system thoroughly to detect or rule out any problems.
Treatment for Vision-related Learning Problems in Kids
When your child’s vision problem cannot be corrected sufficiently with prescription eyewear, we may recommend vision therapy. Our vision therapy specialist will custom-design a series of eye exercises to strengthen your kid’s vision skills and resolve the problem.
It is important to remember that not all learning problems in children are related to vision. Falling behind in the classroom may be due to a learning disability, which requires different therapies that target the brain, not the eyes. Vision therapy cannot help with managing a learning disability.
Schedule a Pediatric Eye Exam in Greensboro or Winston-Salem
We specialize in providing kids’ eye care with thorough testing and a gentle bedside manner, so children have a pleasant and positive experience at Fox Eye Care. After your kid’s eye exam, we will discuss the results with you. If treatment is necessary, we will recommend the best solution to correct the vision problem and help resolve any learning problems.
Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. We offer the optomap® Retinal Exam as an important part of our eye exams.