How Vision and Learning Relate to Each Other

School is back in session for students of all ages (and parents too). And that means lectures, hands-on activities, and teacher conferences. With your child’s education at stake, it’s important to make sure they can get the most out of their class time and continue to enjoy learning. 

One key way to make sure that happens is to pay attention to your child’s eye care.

Your child’s eye issues may, in fact, hinder their ability to learn. Everyone’s vision develops before birth and continues until we roughly reach six years of age. During those early years, we learn how to use our eyes and how to use them together. We learn how to process what we see as well as what to do with this information. And we also develop our motor skills and hand-eye coordination during this time. 

Since nearly 80 percent of learning is obtained through vision, our eyes are extremely important to our school and education. 

Due to that fact, there are a variety of simple signs you can look for in your child in order to decide whether or not they are struggling with their vision. Often times, we may observe the symptoms for ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, or believe our child is a slow learner. But these signs may instead point to a vision issue in the student. 

Some signs you should look for are whether or not your child squints after looking up from reading, has trouble copying things from the chalkboard to their paper, has headaches after doing school work, or blinks frequently. 

Of course, if you observe any signs that may indicate your child is struggling with vision issues you should schedule an appointment with your family eye care provider before it affects their education.