In order to learn effectively in a public or home-school setting, good visual skills are necessary. These will include sharpness of sight, coordinated eye movements, and the ability to quickly change focus from near to distant line-of-sight. Since learning requires the coordination of multiple and complex visual and mental processes, when a child fails to effectively visualize information, the learning process is disrupted. At Family Eye Care Center of Atlanta we specialize in providing services that can help treat a variety of vision problems so your child can thrive in his or her environment.
Some signs of vision-related learning problems (aside from nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism) can be displayed in the following visual symptoms while reading:
- Eye Tracking Difficulties – can be exhibited in skipping reading lines or losing one’s place while reading, moving the head constantly, a short attention span, and poor reading comprehension.
- Eye Coordination Problems – when a child occasionally has double vision, covers or closes one eye while reading, and eyes may tire easily while reading.
- Visual Memory Deficiency – a child may have difficulty remembering visual information or trouble visualizing written material, and may be a poor speller or have difficulty with math.
- Trouble Maintaining Visual Focus – if your child complains of tired eyes or poor vision, they may hold reading material close to face and are able to read only for a short period of time.
- Faulty Visual to Motor Skill Ability – these children may have poor drawing or handwriting skills, difficulty copying information in an exacting manner, and communicate better orally rather than confidently writing ideas and facts.
The above weak visual skills can also cause eye strain, headaches, and contribute to a shortened attention span, all of which can compromise your child’s learning process. Once the parent has discussed the child’s learning difficulties with teachers and observed the child’s vision and motor skills at home and at play, they may find what they thought was a learning disability or attention deficit disorder proves to be weak visual skills.
How We Can Help
If weak visual skills are suspected of causing learning difficulties, contact us for a consultation. We can help to strengthen your child’s eyes and improve their vision skills. Since 80 percent of a child’s ability to learn is determined by the visual processing of information, correcting weak visual skills can cause a significant improvement.
For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, contact Family Eye Care Center of Atlanta today at (404) 549-9999.