The function of our eyes is to collect information. In order to do this efficiently we need to be able to see well in the distance and at near. We must be able to change focus efficiently from distance to near and back again.
We also must have good eye movements so we can get our eyes pointed at what we are obtaining information from and then be able to track this object. One in three children has problems in one or more of these areas that could impact on their learning.
Our initial consultation assesses a patient’s ability to collect visual information as well as assessing their ocular health. Spectacles or exercises can be given to correct vision and our Optometrists can provide advice on what will suit your child’s vision.
Once our eyes have collected visual information this information is processed in our brain and we then send this information to multiple sites.
We call this visual processing.
- To copy information from a smart board we require good visual motor integration – sending information from our eyes to our hands.
- To understand what we see we require good visual perception.
- To remember what we read we need good visual memory.
- To sound out words we require information to be sent from our eyes to our ears. We call this visual auditory integration. These are but a few of the skills required to process visual information. These perceptual skills can influence a child’s reading and learning abilities.
If your child is having problems coping in the classroom talk to us about having an assessment of their visual processing.
Not sure what to look for? The list below are some of the more common signs that your child would benefit from a visual assessment.
Does your child ever:
- Confuse similar letters such as ‘b’ and ‘d’ or ‘p’ and ‘q’?
- Struggle to focus for long periods?
- Squint when looking at the board or TV?
- Experience objects in the distance as blurry after doing near work?
- Read words back to front? E.g. ‘was’ as ‘saw’?
- Use their finger to keep their place when reading?
- Skips words or lines?
- Move books and devices closer or further away when reading?
- Experience migraines?
- Read slowly and haltingly?
- Experience light sensitivity?
- Frequently re-reads the same line?
- Experience sensitivity to screen work?
- Rub their eyes?
- Frequently changing their head or body position when reading?
- Frequently looks away from page
- Feel that words jump around the page?
- Blink excessively or strangely?
- Fatigue quickly when doing near work?
- Avoid close work?
- Mix up letters and words?
- Get watery eyes?
- Experience headaches?
- Struggle to comprehend what they have read?
- Use their finger to trace the line of text on the page?
If your child experiences 3 or more of these symptoms they may benefit from a vision assessment. Talk to us today about testing for dyslexia and vision training to remove barriers to your child’s education.