New adventures of a new school year bring excitement to many children. A new school year can also bring challenges.
“Roughly one in four children has a visually related learning difficulty,” says Dr. Brent Neufeld of Calgary Vision Therapy, who specializes in finding solutions for visual processing problems. “When working efficiently, vision helps a child to process and understand information. When not working properly, that visual system can contribute to learning problems.”
Vision is often missed as a roadblock to a child’s ability to learn, since sight is different than vision. Sight (20/20) is what the eyes see whereas vision relates to how we draw meaning from what we see.
How can you tell if your child needs help in building this visual ability? There are many signs: reversing words when writing or copying, confusing the same word in the same sentence and failing to visualize what is read, to name a few.
Fortunately, vision is developed in a sequence of stages, which means that vision can be trained and improved. Talk to your optometrist to find out how visual training can turn your child’s challenges into successes this school year.
Central Vision and Hearing is a member of Eye Recommend, Canada's Vision Care Professionals, helping doctors help their patients since 1997. We are proud to be able to help Canadians attain optimal eye health.