According to our Greenville eye doctors, vision and learning are intimately related. In fact, experts say that roughly 80 percent of what a child learns in school is information that is presented visually. So good vision is essential for students of all ages to reach their full academic potential.
When children have difficulty in school — from learning to read to understanding fractions to seeing the blackboard — many parents and teachers believe these kids have vision problems. And sometimes, they're right. Eyeglasses or contact lenses often help children better see the board in the front of the classroom and the books on their desk.
When you come into our Greenville eye care clinic, our first step in making sure your child is visually ready for school will be ruling out simple refractive errors. But nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are not the only visual disorders that can make learning more difficult.
Any vision problems that have the potential to affect academic and reading performance are considered learning-related vision problems.
Vision Therapy in Greenville, SC
If your child is diagnosed with a learning-related vision problem, treatment generally consists of an individualized and doctor-supervised program of vision therapy. Special eyeglasses also may be prescribed for either full-time wear or for specific tasks such as reading.
If your child is also receiving special education or other special services for a learning disability, ask the eye doctor who is supervising your child's vision therapy to contact your child's teacher and other professionals involved in his or her Individualized Education Program (IEP) or other remedial activities.
In some cases, vision therapy and remedial learning activities can be combined, and a cooperative effort to address your child's learning problems may be the best approach.
Contact Hopkins Eye Center to learn more about Vision Therapy and vision related learning difficulties. Or schedule an appointment with Dr. Rose Hopkins, the Greenville, SC vision therapy specialist.
Did you know? Convergence Insufficiency (CI) is the leading cause of eyestrain, blurred vision, double vision (diplopia), and/or headaches.