An excellent resource for parents and teachers is the book authored by Dr. David Cook, “When Your Child Struggles- The Myths of 20/20 Vision”.
Thus book provides a wealth of information that is easy to read and understand the connection between vision and learning. The author address’s 6 main areas that are often a concern of parents and teachers:
Why bright children can have normal eye sight and still have a vision problem leading to struggling performance in school.
How this can lead to frustration in homework that drags on when it should take only minutes.
How this leads to a child who starts off reading fine on the first few pages of a book and then starts to squirm and want to get away.
Why vision problems can lead to a child who has difficulty putting their thoughts down on paper even though he or she does well verbally.
How these problems can result in a child being labeled with “attention deficit” even though attention is good when listening rather than using their eyes.
How this can result in a child who has an eye that “drifts” or is lazy and affects depth perception, coordination as well as school work.
This and much more is found in this book. I would recommend this for all parents and teachers who are concerned about a child’s ability to effectively apply themselves.
Dan L. Fortenbacher, O.D.,FCOVD