“I Don’t Like Reading! I’m Tired!”




There are many abilities that you child needs in order to succeed in school. Good vision is definitely one of them. Much of a child’s learning is occurs through his or her eyes. Reading, writing, chalkboard / whiteboard / smart board work, and using computers are among a student’s daily visual tasks. Children are constantly using their eyes in the classroom and at play. When their vision is not functioning properly, education and participation in sports can suffer.

As children progress through school, the demand on their visual abilities increases. The amount of time spent reading and studying increases, but the size of print in schoolbooks decreases. This places a significant demand on the child's eyes. Unfortunately, the visual abilities of some students aren't performing up to the task.

When certain visual skills have not developed, or are poorly developed, learning is difficult and stressful, and children will typically:

  • Avoid reading and other near visual work as much as possible.
  • Attempt to do the work anyway, but with a lowered level of comprehension or efficiency.
  • Experience discomfort, fatigue and a short attention span.

It is important to have your child’s vision checked regularly during their school years, as vision may change frequently at this time.

Eyeglasses or contact lenses will correct many vision problems. If your child, however, continues to exhibit learning problems, a program of vision therapy may also be needed to help develop or enhance vision skills.

* Adapted from the American Optometric Association

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