Hard to imagine that the school year at the midway point. Your kids have been doing a great job working on projects, learning new material, doing homework every night before bed. You, the parent, have been doing a great job waking up early, making breakfast, filling their lunchbox, and having them out the door on time while making sure their school performance is perfect (in a perfect world).
Yet, with all this, your student’s school performance may not be up to their fullest potential. Grades don’t reflect what you see at home. Your child seems to take longer to do homework. Or they may complain of a headache more often.
Consider that more than 80% of a child’s learning happens through vision, and it’s easy to understand how an undiagnosed vision problem could impact learning and performance, grades, self-esteem, and more. That’s why regular eye exams are so important for your child. There are many things you can look for if you’re concerned your child may be suffering from a vision problem.
Vision problems can be misdiagnosed as both behavioral and learning disorders, which is why getting your children’s vision checked regularly is essential to their success both in and out of the classroom.
Here are some of the common symptoms your children may display if they have an undetected vision problem:
- Squinting, covering one eye, or closing one eye while reading Losing place of what line/page they were reading
- Skipping over words and lines while reading
- Angling or turning their heads to see more clearly
- Getting headaches while reading Looking at things up close while reading
- Getting distracted or frustrated while reading
- Avoiding reading or other schoolwork
This list is by no means comprehensive, but it’s a good start. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms and has not been screened recently, schedule an exam and we can either rule out a vision problem, or determine the issue and work to treat it properly.