By Eyecare NG
- 1 in 4 children has an eye problem.
- 60% of children with learning difficulties have an undetected eye problem.
- About 80% of what children learn in school is based on what they see with their eyes
- Children learn best when concepts are presented to them visually. Therefore, good eyesight (vision) is essential for learning and development.
- Children with uncorrected eye problems encounter difficulties with learning and these could be serious enough to cause low grades and general poor performance.
- Vision screening is a quick and cost-effective way to identify children who may have common eye problems but it is not a replacement for an eye exam.
- Comprehensive eye examination remains the most effective way to diagnose learning-related vision problems.
The Vision Learning Connection
Below are links to some of our articles that shed more light on the connection between vision and learning
- Why 20/20 vision is not enough for learning
- Visual skills for learning
- Learning-related vision problems
Ways to Take Care of Children’s Eyes
- Take them for eye examination annually even in the absence of any obvious eye problem. Eye problems that are detected earlier are easier to resolve or manage.
- Protect them from hazards that can injure their eyes such as toys which sharp edges, fireworks and household substances. Eye injuries are a major cause of vision loss in childhood. Avoiding or minimizing exposure to hazardous objects and substances is key to preventing eye injuries.
- Look out for signs and symptoms of eye problems as children may not realize it when they have a problem or may not be able to communicate their problem. Learn more about signs and symptoms of eye problems in children.
- Ensure that children who display symptoms of eye problems are examined by a professional eye care service provider and treatment given.
- Teach children healthy habits. Teach them to wash their hands and avoid rubbing their eyes. Encourage them to always read with adequate lighting and to always maintain a safe viewing distance from the television or computer screen.
- Ensure they take healthy and balanced diet. Nutritional deficiencies during childhood can cause vision problems. Their food should contain nutrients that are essential for eye health such as vitamin A, C and E, zinc, lutein and omega 3-fatty acids.
- To avoid eye strain and associated symptoms, minimize the time children spend in front of the television and other digital devices. Encourage them to take breaks at intervals while using these devices. You can also create opportunities for outdoor play to minimize the use of digital devices.
- Stimulate their vision particularly in the early years to help it grow and develop. Playing with colours and shapes in the form of toys can help visual stimulation in early childhood.