Vision & Learning
“A child needs many abilities to succeed in school. Good vision is a key. Reading, writing, chalkboard work, and using computers are among the visual tasks students perform daily. A child's eyes are constantly in use in the classroom and at play. When his or her vision is not functioning properly, education and participation in sports can suffer.”
Your child has 20/20 eyesight…but still has problems at school? In fact, 20/20 eyesight is not everything - all it means is that one has the capacity to see what a “normal” sees at 20 feet.
Having good visual acuity (20/20) does not ensure good vision! The act of vision is the complex neurological processing of information in the brain and integrating this information into the rest of our dominant senses. This allows us to visually process information for planning and learning.
Learning-related vision problems
Learning related vision problems represent deficits in 2 broad visual system components:
Visual Efficiency - eye teaming, eye focusing & eye tracking
Visual Information Processing - involves higher brain functions including the non-motor aspects of visual perception and cognition, and their integration with motor, auditory, language, and attention systems
Learning Disabilities refer to a number of disorders which may affect the acquisition, organization, retention, understanding, or use of verbal or nonverbal information. These disorders affect learning in individuals who otherwise demonstrate at least average abilities essential for thinking and/or reasoning.
As such, learning disabilities are distinct from global intellectual deficiency. Learning disabilities result from impairments in one or more processes related to perceiving, thinking, remembering, or learning. These include, but are not limited to: language processing; phonological processing; visual spatial processing; visual information processing; processing speed; memory and attention; and executive functions (e.g. planning and decision-making).
Attention deficits with hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or without it frequently are co-morbid with learning disabilities. Other associated traits, such as impulsiveness, low frustration tolerance, and difficulties with social interactions and situations, are also common.
How do I get started?
See our children’s eye exam page. First ensure your child has a routine eye exam with us or your regular optometrist and then we can do specialized testing to check if your child has developed adequate visual skills for success in school.