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How Vision Affects Learning

How the brain and eyes work together – vision – has a great impact on the learning process for both children and adults. Imagine sitting in a classroom taking notes and fighting a focusing problem that won’t allow you to change your focus from near to far and back again quickly enough to keep up with the instructor. Imagine starting out a day being able to read a paragraph that looks like this: Double vision often appears or gets worse as the day goes on. Many people block the vision in one eye to avoid seeing double. Double vision often appears or gets worse as the day goes on. Many people block the vision in one eye to avoid seeing double. And as the day progresses and your visual system is stressed your paragraph begins to look like this:

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Imagine reading a paragraph and having the letters or words appear to as you are trying to comprehend what you are reading. In any of these cases, the person having the vision problem more than likely sees 20/20 either with or without corrective lenses. Most school screenings check for visual acuity alone and do not screen for visual skills including tracking, focusing, eye teaming or perceptual skills. Many children and adults do not realize that their struggles in the classroom and/or workplace are in no way linked to intelligence or how hard they are trying, instead they are not able to visually process the information put before them. Not knowing the cause of classroom, and later adult life skills problems, can have a detrimental effect on self-esteem and behavior. Many children begin feeling frustration, experience restlessness, struggle to maintain focus, and then begin to be labeled as classroom problems. With proper diagnosis and treatment, reading levels improve significantly, comprehension increases, and even sports performance can improve. It is important to watch for visual disorder symptoms in both children and adults.