Many bright minds go off to school for the first time and struggle to learn. While your child might have been quick to pick up on speech and even basic reading, it's quite a common problem. Believe it or not, in many cases, it's due to the child's eyes. Here's what you need to know about your child's eyes getting in the way of their ability to learn.
How Poor Vision Impairs Your Child's Ability to Learn
When you can't see clearly, it makes everything harder. If you wear glasses yourself, you know how hard it can be to do things like see street signs or even text on your phone, depending on the type of vision impairment you have.
If your child doesn't have perfect vision, they could be going through the same thing. If they're nearsighted, reading something on the board that's simplistic and easy to learn might become impossible because they literally can't see it. Alternatively, farsighted children have difficulty with reading up-close, so textbooks are no help there.
Inability to Express It
Children often don't know how to explain to their parents that they can't read what's written up close or far away, or that their vision is blurry. After all, it's possible grew up with this kind of vision, so it's the norm for them. All they know is that they're unable to do the same things that their peers cane with varying levels of ease.
Sadly, this can lead to a child act out on top of doing poorly in school. If someone kept trying to teach you the same lessons over and over and you couldn't even see what they wanted you to learn, you might feel the same way!
What to Do
The easiest and best thing you can do for your child is to bring them in for a general eye exam. If they have problems with their vision, an eye exam will catch it. Any serious health conditions with the eyes can also be discovered, treated, and/or monitored.
The most important part, of course, is getting your child a new pair of glasses. Children sometimes need time to adjust to their new glasses, but in the end, your child will be able to see clearly. As a result, their behavioral problems and struggle at school may diminish or stop entirely.
Even children who are in perfect health can have vision deficits that make it hard to see when they're trying to learn. Don't let your child struggle. Give them what they need to do their best.