Healthy vision is an important part of the learning process. According to the American Optometric Association, one in four children have a visual impairment. Because children’s eyes change frequently, regular vision exams are important for child’s education. Scheduling a yearly eye exam will ensure that vision impairment will not adversely affect a child’s success in school.
Signs that your child may experience vision impairment include:
- Loses place while reading
- Avoids close work
- Tends to rub eyes
- Experiences headaches
- Turns or tilts head
- Makes frequent reversals when reading or writing
- Uses finger to maintain place when reading
- Omits or confuses small words when reading
- Struggles to complete homework
- Squints while watching television or while reading
- Behavioral problems
- Holds a book or reading material closer than normal.
Studies show that up to 80 percent of what students learn comes from visual skills. If a student is experiencing visual impairment, learning can be difficult. Some children who are labeled as “problem learners” actually suffer from undiagnosed vision problems. An eye exam by an optometrist can catch warning signs of vision problems and help to maintain your child’s vision.
If you want to ensure your child’s success in school, contact Hampton Roads Eye Associates to schedule an eye exam today.