There are millions of misdiagnosed students of all ages struggling with undetected near vision problems. Due to increased demands upon the visual system caused by computers, tablets, and small print in books this problem is getting worse!
These students may have 20/20 vision or have corrected prescription lenses and yet they exhibit symptoms of near vision problems. Here are common examples of behaviors that are tell tale signs of children who are trying to cope with this undiagnosed problem.
Near Vision: Face too close to the page.
Finger used as a pointer and closing one eye.
Covering an eye to focus better.
VISION IS A LEARNED SKILL
Much more than 20/20!Sight is the mere ability to see (i.e., eye chart in the doctor’s office), but true vision is the result of a person’s ability to understand and interpret (get meaning from) the visual information that comes to him through the eyes. Only when a person has efficient visual understanding abilities does he possess the “readiness skills” needed to fully benefit from classroom instruction. These visual foundations are critical!
Near vision is a learned phenomenon and educators are generally unaware of the potential problems that stem from poorly developed visual skills. Most educators have not received training in the field, but they need to be able to make the distinction between eyesight and near vision.