If anyone in your household finds it unusually difficult to learn, the issue may have nothing whatsoever to do with intelligence and everything to do with underdeveloped vision skills! Certain vision problems have been strongly associated with learning disorders that can impair early childhood development, interfere with school performance, and make learning new job skills and procedures seem all but impossible. Fortunately, these disorders do not have to condemn your loved one to a life defined by limitations. Here at the Vision Development Team, we can provide the necessary vision evaluations, advice and treatment options to help our patients overcome a variety of learning related vision problems.
The quality of your vision has major impact on your ability to learn and develop from babyhood. As the eyes and brain learn how to communicate with each, images grow clear and the child is now able to learn through observation and imitation. In fact, it’s believed that up to four-fifths of all learning before the age of 6 is directly related to vision. This is why it’s so important to have your little one’s eyes examined as early as 6 months of age, so any obvious abnormalities can be addressed as soon as possible. Early detection of vision problems is so important that our office promotes the InfantSEE® program.
Common Learning Related Vision Problems
Children who experience myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), or astigmatism may have trouble reading books or blackboards in school, making it difficult for them to keep up in their studies. They may also suffer eye strain, headaches and other symptoms that distract them from the learning process. Additional learning related vision problems may include:
- Convergence problems – If your child’s eyes tend to turn outward or inward in relation to each other, he may have to work extra hard to bring text or objects into focus. The harder reading is for a child, for whatever reason, the lower his comprehension and academic performance will be. Poor binocular coordination can also reduce depth perception and make it more difficult for a student to maintain eye contact with teachers and fellow students, thus affecting social development as well as academic development. We can identify this problem and treat it with vision therapy techniques, retraining the eye muscles and brain to provide clearer eyesight.
- Amblyopia – In this disorder, sometimes referred to as “lazy eye,” one eye becomes highly dominant, causing the other eye to not develop well. This is actually a problem in eye-brain communication rather than a physical eye issue. Vision therapy techniques can build the skills in the non-dominant eye so that it effectively partners with the dominant eye.
- Visual Perceptual problems: 35 areas of the brain are involved with vision processing and every lobe of the cerebral cortex is involved in the processing of visual information. Visual information coming into the brain must be clearly delivered to the brain, sorted within the brain and paired with our other senses so that we can interpret what we see and respond accordingly and appropriately. Individuals with poor visual perceptual skills are often confused, sometimes clumsy and struggle to achieve their full potential.
Don’t wait. Find out if you or someone you love has a Learning Related Vision Problem
Schedule a sensory-motor vision evaluation at The Vision Development Team to rule out a possible Learning Related Vision Problem. We can determine whether a vision problem is interfering with learning ability, or whether a different disorder such as ADHD or dyslexia is at work. We can also recommend the proper strategy to help you or your child learn more easily.
For more information about Learning Related Vision Problems or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (440) 230-0923.