Vision is one of the most important components of learning, with studies showing that 80 percent of what a child learns in school is information that is presented visually. If a child’s vision and eye health is not in top form, neither will their ability to retain, learn and perform basic tasks. While vision based skills are more noticeable in the classroom and at school, they may be apparent in extracurricular activities as well. Keep an eye on the following activities your child may be participating in for clues that they may be experiencing a vision problem:
Refractive errors, such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism are often the culprits for learning and skill development issues. However, there are also cases relating to more serious issues pertaining to a child’s overall health.
The only way to know for sure if your child has a vision or eye health problem, is to book regular comprehensive eye exams with a doctor of optometry. Infants should have their first appointment between six and nine months, again before five and annually thereafter.