Pediatric Vision Specialists
Pediatric Optometrist located in Pella, IA
Watching your child struggle in school is difficult, especially if it seems like nothing you do helps them catch up. Struggles with reading and other school-related activities could indicate a vision-related learning disability, which pediatric specialist Bre Scott, OD, evaluates, diagnoses, and treats at Pediatric Vision Specialists in Pella, Iowa, To find out if your child has a vision-related learning disability and help them overcome it, call Pediatric Vision Specialists or book an appointment online today.
Learning Disabilities Q & A
Learning disabilities are a category of disability that makes it difficult for your child to keep up on understanding or processing new information at school. It may surprise you to find that many learning disabilities are related to your child's eyes. Vision and learning are intimately connected, so your child’s imperfect vision may affect their performance in school.
There are three main categories of visual problems that cause trouble in the classroom:
Eye health problems
Eye health problems include standard imperfect vision like nearsightedness or farsightedness. These issues can affect your child’s ability to read or perform well in other classroom activities.
Functional vision problems
Functional vision problems go a bit deeper than easily treatable eye health problems. They affect your child's muscle control around their eyes, impacting fine eye movements and the coordination between both eyes. These problems make it hard to read and can cause headaches and other strain-related symptoms.
Perceptual vision problems
Visual perception involves your child’s ability to understand what they see, even if they can see a sharp image. For example, your child might be unable to form a mental image of something that his or her teacher describes.
There are many common signs and symptoms indicative of a vision-related learning disability. If they aren’t apparent at home, your child’s teacher may inform you of them. Call Pediatric Vision Specialists for a visit with Dr. Bre if your child exhibits:
- Reading problems
- Frustration with reading
- Losing his or her place while reading
- Trouble summarizing what they’ve just read
- Trouble sitting still
- Reversing letters or numbers
- Excessively messy handwriting
A standard eye exam only checks for eye health problems, but a specialized learning disability exam from Dr. Bre also evaluates functional and perceptual vision problems.
Learning disability treatment plans are highly individualized. Dr. Bre assesses your child’s learning disability to identify the cause and the symptoms in order to create a personalized vision therapy plan.
While vision therapy doesn’t directly treat dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities, it can help train your child to focus and overcome the symptoms. Your child gets specialized help at school that may be coordinated with treatment from Dr. Bre. He or she may need eyewear or regular visits to Pediatric Vision Specialists as part of their vision therapy plan.
Call or click online to book a comprehensive vision-related learning disability evaluation for your child at Pediatric Vision Specialists today.