Are you worried about your child's progress in school? It can be tough to figure out if it's a learning disability or a vision problem that’s causing the difficulties. But don't worry; there's a way to find out.
Schedule a functional eye exam at Vision Performance Optometric Center in Yorba Linda to get to the bottom of it. If it turns out to be a vision problem, vision therapy may be the solution.
Learning Disability or a Vision Problem?
So, what's the difference between a learning disability and a vision problem?
A learning disability is a neurological condition that affects a person's ability to process and understand information. Examples of learning disabilities include dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. While learning disabilities usually become apparent during the school years, they can continue to affect individuals throughout their lives.
Learning disabilities can make it hard to read, write, concentrate, and learn. Many children with learning disabilities dread going to school.
It may come as a surprise that people who struggle with visual processing or poor visual skills exhibit many of these symptoms. If a child has underdeveloped visual skills, their eyes may not work together as a team or they may have trouble copying things from the classroom board. Children with visual processing deficits find it harder to understand and remember what they read and see, and to stay focused in the classroom.
What Can Be Done?
The good news is that vision therapy can address problems with visual skills and visual processing. By using a personalized program of eye exercises, lenses, and prisms, vision therapy can help improve a child’s visual skills.
It's essential to figure out the root cause of a child's struggles in school, whether it's a learning disability, a vision problem, or both. By identifying the cause, appropriate support and guidance can be provided to help them succeed academically.
Call Vision Performance Optometric Center in Yorba Linda today to schedule a functional eye exam and to see whether vision therapy can help your child enjoy school.
Our practice serves patients from Yorba Linda, Tustin, Anaheim, and Orange, California and surrounding communities.