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The Connection
Between Vision & Learning

According to the American Federation of Teachers vision plays an important role in our children’s education and:

20/20 Isn't Everything“Even the most gifted students will struggle academically if they have trouble seeing the blackboard or focusing on a book.

A tremendous amount of learning happens visually, so proper vision care is crucial to helping students reach their full potential.”

American Federation of Teachers supports the School Readiness Summit.

20/20 Is Not Enough

Do you know your vision facts?

  • One out of four children struggle with reading and learning because of undiagnosed vision problems.
  • It is estimated that over 60% of problem learners have undiagnosed vision problems.
  • 80% of learning in the classroom is visual.
  • The majority of the vision problems that interfere with reading and learning are very treatable. 
  • Seeing clearly (“20/20”) is just one of 17 visual skills critical to academic success.

Vision screenings in school and at the pediatrician's office typically test only distance vision.  Most people think that 20/20 is "perfect vision", when in fact 20/20 is simply a measurement of what someone is able to see at a distance of 20 feet. 

Most learning is done up close at the reading distance, not at 20 feet.  There are 17 visual skills required for reading and learning.  These skills are not tested in most vision screenings and routine eye exams.  When Binocular Vision Disorders are missed, students can develop behavior problems, while others avoid reading or simply refuse to read. 

When a child is bright, parents are confused by their difficulties with reading, believing they have already ruled out a vision problem at their yearly eye exam or screening.  Often the child is labeled hyperactive, lazy, or slow.  What makes this even worse is that many of these problems can easily be mistaken as learning disabilities or attention problems such as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). 

We do not treat learning problems directly, only to the extent that an underlying vision problem is the cause of the learning issue. Once the vision problem is corrected, our patients are able to perform to full potential at school, work and sports. 

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