Vision and Success at School

Parents want their children to do well at school, but 80% of learning depends on vision.  Therefore, ensuring your child has good vision is crucial to successful learning.

For school-age children, several different visual skills must work together so they can see and understand clearly:

  • Clear vision, a both distance and up close
  • The ability to maintain focus accurately at any distance
  • Good focusing flexibility to allow rapid change from one distance to another
  • Binocular vision skills, including control of eye position, movement and tracking
  • Peripheral vision and eye-hand coordination

If any of these visual skills are lacking or impaired, your child will need to work harder and may develop headaches or fatigue. The increased visual demands of schoolwork can make greater demands on a child’s visual skills, which may not be apparent before starting school.  

Be aware of the following symptoms:

  • Headaches or irritability
  • Avoiding near or distance work
  • Covering or rubbing of the eyes
  • Tilting the head or unusual posture
  • Using a finger to maintain place while reading
  • Losing place while reading
  • Omitting or confusing small words when reading
  • Performing below their potential