Experts Recommend Eye Exams This School Year

Approximately 60 percent of children who have been identified as problem learners suffer from undetected vision problems and may mistakenly be diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, according to the American Optometric Association. When visual skills are undeveloped, learning can become difficult and stressful, causing children to become distracted and exhibit behaviors of hyperactivity—two symptoms commonly attributed to ADHD.

Optometrist Dr. Joel Zaba, a spokesperson for The Vision Council and national lecturer on children’s vision and learning problems, says 80 percent of learning comes through the visual processing of information, and one in four children in America has vision problems.

With the school year back in full swing, your readers may be interested in knowing the common signs of vision problems in kids, including (list from the AOA):

  • Loses place while reading
  • Avoids close work
  • Tends to rub eyes
  • Has headaches
  • Turns or tilts head
  • Makes frequent reversals when reading or writing
  • Uses finger to maintain place when reading
  • Omits or confuses small words when reading
  • Consistently performs below potential
  • Struggles to complete homework
  • Squints while reading or watching television
  • Has behavioral problems
  • Holds reading material closer than normal
At Walmart Vision Centers, families have access to complete eye exams and advice on vision corrections from more than 2,500 independent, licensed optometrists in around 3,000 stores. Walmart Vision Centers also offer complete, affordable frames and lenses for youth 18 and under, starting at $38.

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