Vision Therapy for Problems in School

Are Persistent Problems in School Connected with Visual Issues?

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Is your child having a hard time in school? Now that the school year is in full swing, you might have noticed that your child is having a hard time with certain aspects of their school routine. When a student is struggling, many parents look for answers in common conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia, and learning disabilities.

Finding the cause of School Difficulties

It might surprise you to learn that the cause of many school problems is found in vision problems that the child is experiencing. Even if the child has 20/20 vision, there are other visual issues that can lead to symptoms such as difficulty focusing or slow learning.

To understand more about how vision impacts a child in school, consider all of the activities the child experiences throughout the day. Children sit at their desk, look at the things written on the board, write, read, and move around the room as directed by the teacher.

These activities require a variety of visual skills, including near and far vision, focusing, eye movement and tracking, eye teaming, and hand-eye coordination. If a child is unable to perform some of these skills, then they will have a hard time concentrating on the activity. Often, this difficulty leads to behavioral issues, fatigue, and restlessness.

Talk to an Experienced Vision Therapist

If you suspect that your child is having difficulty in school, then right now is a great opportunity to schedule an appointment with a vision therapist. It is important that you take action right away instead of procrastinating the treatment plan. Seeking treatment early in the school year will help your child catch up and stay current with his peers.

Once the problem is identified, a series of treatments can help to retrain the eyes and improve the basic skills that support effective learning and development. These natural methods strengthen the muscles in the eye and teach new behaviors so that information can be processed in the right way.

Are you interested in learning more about how vision therapy can improve your child’s performance in school? We invite you to contact us today to schedule a consultation. You can book an appointment with our Temecula office at (951) 302-1331 or our Murrieta office at (951) 600-9226.

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