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Vision Problems and Your Child’s Academic Struggles

Vision TherapyResearch shows that up to 25% of children with poor academic performance have undiagnosed vision problems. They can significantly impact a child's academic performance by making learning difficult and they’re often confused for a disinterest in learning or a learning disability. This is why regular eye exams are beneficial to see if your child needs corrective measures like glasses and contacts or vision therapy to help with vision problems.

If you think your little one may have vision problems, don’t hesitate to book an eye exam with Advanced Eyecare & Therapies in Spokane

What Are Vision Problems and How Do They Affect Children?

Vision problems refer to any issues related to the eye and its ability to see. These can include conditions such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and color blindness.

In children, these problems can affect their ability to see clearly and perform well in school and other activities. They may have difficulty reading, writing, and participating in sports, and may struggle with attention and concentration. If left untreated, vision problems in children can lead to more serious issues such as amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes), which are also an indication that the brain and the eyes aren't communicating properly.

Addressing Children's Vision Issues Using Vision Therapy

Vision therapy is a type of treatment that is used to address vision problems in children. It involves the use of various eye exercises and activities designed to improve communication between the brain and the eyes. This enhances visual skills such as eye movement control, focus, and coordination.

Some common vision issues that can be addressed with vision therapy include:

  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Strabismus (crossed or turned eyes)
  • Binocular vision problems (issues with how the eyes work together)
  • Accommodative disorders (difficulty focusing on objects at different distances)
  • Visual processing disorders (problems with how the brain interprets visual information)

Vision therapy is effective for treating visual system problems, especially if a patient goes for regular sessions. A vision therapist should also be able to prescribe at-home exercises for a child to do under the guidance of their parents or caregivers. This will reduce any symptoms that make it difficult to see well and learn in the classroom, allowing them to do well in all facets of their life.

Visit A Vision Therapist in Spokane

It's important to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor if you suspect your child has a vision problem. Early detection and treatment can help prevent academic struggles for your little one. 

Book a children's eye exam with Advanced Eyecare & Therapies  in Spokane

Our practice serves patients from Spokane, Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene, and Sandpoint, Washington and surrounding communities.

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