Learning is accomplished through complex and inter-related psychological processes, a disorder in one or more of these processes may manifest as a “learning disability”. Vision problems do not cause learning disabilities, but specific vision problems can contribute to learning problems, whether or not a child has been diagnosed as “learning disabled”. In other words, a child struggling in school may have a specific “learning disability”, a “learning-related vision problem”, or both.
A full assessment done by a Behavioural Optometrist will identify vision problems that can affect learning and so we can be of help. We are only treating the visual problems that affect learning and are not treating learning disability. The aim is to evaluate the efficiency of vision, and its effect on learning and other functions. In addition to assessing a child’s eyes, Behavioural Optometrists will frequently assess a child’s visual information processing skills that are an important part of the learning process.
The importance of vision in learning should not be underestimated, experts say that roughly 80 percent of what a child learns in school is information that is presented visually. To understand visions role in learning ask yourself, how much learning would happen for a child at school without their vision?
Good vision is essential for students of all ages to reach their full academic potential. If you are concerned that your child may have a learning-related vision problem make an appointment with our Optometrist today.