Problems Seeing the Board At School

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1 in 4 students has a vision problem! 80% of what a child learns comes through vision, so a problem could prevent a child from earning the grades he/she should.

Here are some red flags:

  • headaches
  • complaints of not seeing the board
  • avoiding close work
  • child doesn’t like to read
  • doesn’t want to do homework
  • it takes hours to complete homework that should take 30 minutes

Watch the video to hear how vision therapy helped Spencer

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When Your Child Takes Hours To Finish Homework

Does your child take an unusually long time to finish homework? Do you have to get into a “homework war” every night to get things done? Your child is not being lazy. Homework might be very difficult and uncomfortable if he/she is suffering from a vision problem.

If you are baffled because your child is passing 20/20 vision tests, but still complains about reading the chalkboard or worksheets, has headaches or blurred vision, or is just plain struggling in school, it’s important to rule out any visual challenges. The first step is to book a Visual Skills Assessment.

Click here to read about Nicholas, a second grade student who was very bright and had a good memory, but spent 2-3 hours on homework every night. The problem was convergence insufficiency, and he improved his reading and hand-eye coordination in sports with Vision Therapy.

 

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Slow Reading Due to Convergence Insufficiency

“Whether it is the mystery of the bright child who struggles with reading or the child who takes forever to do homework, the story is often the same,” shares Ida Chung, OD, FCOVD, President of COVD, “these children continue to struggle until the underlying vision problem is identified and treated.”

Click here to read the story about 9-year-old Zach, who had frequent headaches, rubbed his eyes in the classroom, and was often the last person to finish his work. The school nurse reported his vision was 20/20 and the pediatrician said his eyes were healthy and that he didn’t need glasses. He actually had a convergence insufficiency, which would not have been helped with glasses anyways. Some children need a functional eye exam which looks beyond health and the need for glasses. Read more

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Smart Kids With Reading Problems

Reading is so important for a good education. These are American stats, which aren’t exactly the same for Canada, but many children have vision vision issues that interfere with learning.

It’s not just about how well you can see far away, it’s about how your brain and eyes work together.
A child might see words like this:


If that’s what the words looked like when you opened a book, you wouldn’t want to read. If your child doesn’t like to read, it doesn’t mean he/she lazy! It is so important to get a comprehensive Visual Skills Assessment because these problems are not caught in regular screenings.

Watch the video here: Student soars at reading thanks to vision therapy

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Does My Child Have ADHD?

Is it a learning disability or a vision problem? Sometimes it’s both. For example, some of the symptoms of a vision problem are similar to ADHD. It is not uncommon for kids them to be confused. The best thing to do is have a child’s functional vision tested to determine what the real culprit of the symptoms is, and choose a course of action from there.

Could this be your child? Click below for some examples

Three Examples of How Vision Problems are Mistaken for ADHD

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