Ensure you Schedule your Child’s Eye Examination before the Start of Term
With the start of a new school term only weeks away, now is the time to schedule your child’s eye examination. It is not just about ensuring your child can see with 20/20 vision, but research has shown poor eyesight results in children struggling at school.
It is important to realise that 80% of what a child learns up to twelve is done visually. As such, poorer eyesight impedes learning.
Even if your child says they can see fine, there are symptoms to watch out for. If your child exhibits this behaviour constantly, schedule an eye exam as a priority:
- Loses their place while reading
- Avoids close work
- Holds reading material closer than normal
- Tends to rub his or her eyes
- Has headaches
- Turns or tilts head to use one eye only
- Makes frequent reversals when reading or writing
- Uses finger to maintain place when reading
- Omits or confuses small words when reading
- Consistently performs below potential
Eye tests also detect signs of visual stress which also affects your child’s ability to learn.
Eyesight Related Behavioural Problems
Now and then children whose eyesight is deteriorating often get frustrated and this can lead to behavioural problems at school, further compounding learning issues. Dr. Barry Jose, a founder of an American eye clinic shared this:
“One time we had a mother bring her young son in for an exam. Before we started she shared how disappointing the new school year was going with her son. She felt this year her son wasn’t trying to learn but was being influenced by the wrong kids to act up in class. I proceeded to give the son an exam and discovered his eyes were becoming quite nearsighted. This downgrade in vision probably meant he had real difficulty clearly seeing things in the classroom and was hurting his ability to learn. We set him up with his first pair of glasses. A few months later the mother came back in to tell us the eyewear made all the difference as her son was learning and doing much better in school.”
As you can see eye tests are important for your children.
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