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There are various reasons why learning may not go according to plan. What happens when your child is not able to take advantage of the reading programs available at school or has to work really hard to keep up?

An important concept in behavioural optometry is how efficiently and comfortably the vision process is working at the near point. 20/20 vision – getting down the bottom of the 6 metre letter chart – is an essential part of good vision but may not give a complete indication of how the eyes are working up close.

Kids spend a lot of time viewing at 40 cm or at the computer distance. The amount of reading increases as the children progress through Kindy for higher years, the print gets smaller and the cognitive demand of reading, retaining information and using this knowledge to make new learning requires extra effort from the child.

Visual Information processing is the brain taking input from the eyes for learning and understanding. Subtle vision problems can have a major impact.

Signs to look out for:
  • Blurry vision
  • Sore eyes
  • Headaches
  • Glare sensitivity
  • Using finger to keep place on the page
  • Reversing words and letters
  • Tight writing grip
  • Trouble copying off the board
  • Problems sitting still
  • Excessive blinking & eye rubbing
  • Head close to the page
  • Page blurs while reading
  • Print moves and shakes
  • Losing place on the page
  • Some immaturities for their age
  • Tilts head to read things
  • Fatigued and tired after school
  • Trouble maintaining concentration on one task

Where learning problems are suspected, we ask parents to fill out a questionnaire before attending for the initial assessment – this form is best completed in conjunction with your child’s teacher.

A longer consultation allows us to consider a range of other factors that may impede progress. The full assessment is 2 hours in duration.

Taking a holistic view is important and parental observations are very useful. We are happy to work with other professionals in your child’s care.