Poor Grades Explained by Vision Problems: College of Optometrists in Vision Development offers hope to parents of struggling readers
THU, JUN 05
When school resumes in August, educators, parents, and students will strive to improve reading levels. According to the Common Core Curriculum, “Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read.” Yet, according to Ida Chung, OD, FCOVD, and President of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), “students who have eye coordination and eye movement problems struggle to read and have trouble remembering what they read which will make this task nearly impossible. That’s why we observe August as International Children’s Vision and Learning Month, to help educate the public on this vital issue.”
Getting to the root of a child’s reading struggles can be difficult. Parents typically see multiple experts often starting with the basics, which includes an eye exam. It makes it tough for parents when they suspect that their child has a vision problem yet the experts say nothing is wrong.
“It is our hope that this year’s observance of International Children’s Vision and Learning month brings greater awareness of the visual link to reading and learning. A lot of children and their families are struggling unnecessarily,” states Dr. Chung; “When a vision problem is at the root of a child’s difficulties with reading, optometric vision therapy can make all the difference.”