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Why do some children have difficulty learning to read and write, or ongoing problems reading to learn more?
In describing symptoms that may relate to a vision problem the child may describe some of the following symptoms.
- Words blur or move?
- Fatigue easily?
- Lose concentration?
- Find the page bright/glary?
- Get headaches?
- Skip words or lines?
- Lose your place?
Most children have normal sight, to see well on an eye chart at a distance, but many children have (often undetected) problems of vision involving focusing, eye coordination, convergence, and eye movements, these are all needed for efficient reading and writing tasks.... read more
When choosing a pair of glasses for your child, there are a few points to consider
- Overall fit
- Your child's involvement
Visually, children may complain of blurred vision at near and in the distance, sensitivity to light, double vision, or increased clumsiness due to objects not being noticed in a person’s side vision
Anxiety and stress can affect vision in all persons. In children this may present as Streff Syndrome.
It is generally described as a functional vision problem or psychogenic in nature. It often involves reduced or blurred distance and near vision, poor eye co-ordination and eye movement capabilities, a reduction in visual field and a reduction in focussing.
The symptoms of Streff syndrome are not necessarily vision specific. The condition is often picked up by parents and teachers who begin to notice a sudden reduction in attention and focus during academic tasks, children may begin to struggle at school, and there may be an increase in the amount of mistakes made on homework.... read more
For success in school, children need more than just clear vision. They also need the eyes to move as a team, follow a line of print without losing their place and maintain clear focus. These skills are needed when they read or make quick focusing changes when looking up to the board and back to their desks.
Our eyes are designed to work as a team, but each eye functions independently. When the visual system is working correctly you can sustain clear, comfortable vision.... read more
We all know kids are spending more time on their digital devices and some play organised sport. What happened to the down time, chilling out with the family and their mates? Does this affect children’s vision and their learning ability?... read more
Dyslexia is sometimes referred to as the invisible disability. It is estimated to affect 10 to 15 per cent of the population. It is a lifelong, inherited condition that has a neurological cause. Those who have it will struggle to learn to read, even if taught using methods that work well with other children.
Even intervention programs that have proven effective with other slow learners, such as Reading Recovery, tend not to help dyslexic children. Dyslexics do not simply write letters backwards, as some people assume, they generally have significant difficulty reading, spelling and writing.
It is not an intellectual disability - many people with dyslexia are gifted.... read more
Should you worry about how much time your child spends in front of the computer every day?
Sitting for hours in front of a computer screen stresses a child's eyes because the computer forces the child's vision system to focus and strain a lot more than any other task.... read more
Nine out of Ten young adults in Singapore are myopic (short-sighted). Early indications are that myopia is becoming much more common in young adults here. Research indicates that heavy computer use among children puts them at risk for early myopia However there are some strategies for limiting the risk of short-sightedness.
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