The Connection Between Healthy Vision and Learning in Early Childhood

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August 15, 2019, by Bard Optical


A young child’s developing and impressionable mind means that education is of the utmost importance. An unhindered flow of knowledge paves the way for your child to grow up with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in this world.

Eyesight and eye problems are not topics that one would often relate to your child’s education, but what are the side effects of eyesight troubles on young children’s ability to learn? 

Let’s find out exactly how impactful your child’s vision is on their ability to learn and grow mentally, and how a change in vision can affect them in the long run:


The Visual Learning Connection

Most children, roughly 65%, are visual learners. With over half the population having to learn by seeing the information in front of them, it is easy to start questioning the integrity of their eyesight when they start to lag behind their peers who learn differently.

But if your child was having problems in school and you considered the possibility that their eyes were to blame, where would you start your search? 

In a lot of cases, the issue can be found in nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. 

With a national average of around 25% of children wearing Rx glasses to correct one of these issues, it is easy to make the case that a child that learns in a visual setting can benefit from having them.

However, these are not the only vision problems that can hinder a child’s ability to learn.

There are a variety of vision problems that revolve around the muscles in the eye and how the eye works that can be hindering your child’s education, and the worst part is that these are much harder to detect.


Learning-Related Vision Problems

A learning-related vision problem, which is not a learning disability but rather an ocular issue, is any ocular condition that prohibits a child’s learning capabilities.

Learning-related vision problems are categorized under a few different classifications:

  • Refractive Complications
    • These types of vision problems include anything that hinders visual acuity, like nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. 
    • It also includes Higher-order aberrations, a distortion of the light that passes through the eye, which can cause low vision.
  • Functional Complications
    • This refers to any problems related to the neurological control of the eye whose side effects can include eye strain, blurred vision, double vision, and headaches.
  • Perceptual Vision Complications
    • This includes any vision problem that causes a disconnect between what the eye sees and what signals the brain receives.
    • This can affect your child via color blindness, having difficulty processing information presented to them, or identifying objects they see.



If your child suffers from any of these harder-to-detect vision troubles, there are several signs you can look out for to help diagnose them, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Frequently rubbing their eyes
  • Avoidance or dislike of reading
  • Trouble remembering information
  • Frequently losing their place while reading
  • Poor hand-eye coordination

Any of these, and several more, symptoms can be a key indicator that your child is struggling to learn due to a learning-related vision problem.

No matter what type of learning-related vision problem your child might be suffering from, any burden that is put on their eyes can be a major blocker between them and a healthy education.

These are all paramount reasons why healthy vision practices and a steady routine of eye appointments are necessary for your child’s education and well-being.

If you think your child might be experiencing any of the above-mentioned vision problems, do not hesitate to contact your eye doctor right away, and get your child’s early education back on track!


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