Vision related learning problems are a lot more common than most teachers and parents realize. It is estimated that 80% of children with learning difficulties have a undiagnosed visual problem. Since the majority of children’s learning is vision based (especially post COVID-19) with the majority of school work being done on screens any visual issues could negatively impact your child’s academic performance.
How Can I Tell If My Child Has a Visual Issue?
Your child may display any number of the following symptoms or behaviors due to a vision problem:
- Avoidance of near work/reading
- Headache, dizziness or eye strain
- Poor depth perception
- Skips words or loses place when reading.
- Tendency to close one eye
- Holds reading too close
- Frequently tilts head
- Blurred or double vision
- Avoids near/visually demanding tasks
- Poor reading comprehension
- Words run together when reading
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Behavioral issues
How can Vision Therapy help my struggling student?
Vision therapy works on building your child’s visual skills such as focusing and eye tracking. This is done by having personalized in-office weekly sessions between your child and our optometrist Dr. Shinger using prism, in-office computer programs, therapeutic lenses, special filters, prisms, etc to do several eye exercises that work on strengthening that eye-brain connection and making reading and other visual skills at school easier as their eye teaming, eye focusing and eye tracking improve.
Call Perception Eyecare Vision Therapy Center today to book your child’s visual assessment with Dr. Shinger today. We provide vision therapy to patients from Stoney creek, Binbrook, Ancaster, Hamilton, Burlington, Grimsby, Caledonia and throughout Ontario.