Visual Impairment in Students Could Lead to a Lack of Concentration
A recent study has shown that 86% of children start school in September without ever having their vision tested by an optometrist. It is a serious issue because if students cannot see correctly, they cannot learn. A survey by the American Optometric Association showed one in four visual impairments in students. A back-to-school eye exam should be made compulsory at the beginning of the Academic year.
Optometrist and American Optometric Association’s learning specialist Dr. Michael Early said in a press release “Because a child’s vision may change frequently, regular eye and vision care is crucial to a student’s classroom success. Unfortunately, most parents are not including eye exams as a part of their child’s back-to-school health check-up.”
American Optometric Association’s Observation
When Should a Child Get an Eye Exam?
Some Signs of Visual Impairment in Students Are:
- Lack of attention or concentration,
- frequent headaches are some of the signs of visual impairments in students,
- poor handwriting,
- Students skip words while reading or using a finger to follow the words while reading,
- Students become clumsy,
- Students turn or tilt their head when looking at something,
- Students complain of itchy eyes and they have dry eyes,
- Students blink frequently, or they squint when looking at objects too far from them or too close to them.
If you notice students or your child having vision problems, arrange an eye exam appointment with an optometrist in your area.