With experts estimating that nearly 80 percent of what a child is taught in school is presented visually, good vision is critical in the classroom. So, if your child is struggling to see, his or her academic performance may also be suffering.
According to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, nearly 10 million kids have undetected vision problems. Could your child be part of this staggering statistic?
Be on the lookout for textbook signs that your child might have vision issues. These include holding a book or electronic device too close, covering one eye to read, tilting head and squinting eyes to see the whiteboard, complaining of headaches, frequently rubbing eyes or blinking more than usual. Also be cautioned that some kids with vision problems don’t show warning signs or complain of any eye issues.
There is a difference between a vision screening administered by the school nurse and a comprehensive eye exam. Make sure your child’s vision health is making the grade. Visit the eye doctor annually.