Does your child suffer from frequent headaches or excessive blinking? Do they avoid reading and appear to suffer from a shortened attention span when assigned visual tasks? Have your child’s grades taken a dip or are they struggling to stay on top of their school work?
If you answered yes to the questions above, your child may be suffering from a learning-related vision problem. Not to be confused with a learning disorder, learning-related vision problems can contribute to difficulties in school, but these difficulties are the result of visual disabilities—not psychological process disorders, like dyslexia, dysgraphia, or developmental aphasia.
Learning-related vision problems can be caused by the following:
In addition to the symptoms listed above, if your child is suffering from a vision problem that is making it difficult to learn, they may also experience:
- Refractive errors are caused by an eye whose shape does not bend light correctly. The most common types are nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia (loss of near vision with age).
- Functional vision problems occur when there are deficits in specific functions of the eye—such as eye teaming, fine eye movements, and accommodation—or the neurological control of these functions. Common functional vision problems include accommodative dysfunction, amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), and convergence insufficiency.
- Perceptual vision problems arise when your child has trouble understanding what is seen, identifying it, judging its importance, and relating it to previously learned information.
- Color blindness can also cause difficulty for children if color-identification is part of their daily curriculum.
What can you do about learning-related vision problems in Baton Rouge?
- blurred/double vision
- crossed eyes or strabismus
- turning or tilting the head to use one eye only
- placing the head very close to the book or desk when reading or writing
- excessive rubbing of the eyes
- losing place while reading or using a finger as a guide
- slow reading speed or poor reading comprehension
- difficulty remembering what was read
- omitting or repeating words, or confusing similar words
- persistent reversal of words or letters (after second grade)
- poor eye-hand coordination
- evidence of developmental immaturity
The first step in treating a learning-related vision problem is identifying it. As they develop, children should have their eyes examined at regular intervals—even when they aren’t exhibiting symptoms. However, if you notice any of the above signs of a learning-related vision problem or if you believe your child’s vision isn’t developing normally, schedule a comprehensive eye exam for your child immediately.**
Your Baton Rouge ophthalmologist will identify any eye health or vision issues and work with you and your child to find the vision treatment plan that works for you. To request your appointment, simply click here, or call our office directly at (225) 768-7777.
**If your child is under the age of 7, consider asking your pediatrician for pediatric eye doctor recommendations, as your child may require specialized equipment to accommodate their height and weight.