Poor vision in classrooms
POOR eyesight is often overlooked as a cause of learning difficulties in children, experts say. Australian parents have been urged to focus more on their children’s eyesight as a cause of problems in the classroom. A 2009 Australian study revealed most children with academic or behavioural problems fail one or more visual tests. Undetected vision problems are estimated to affect about one in four Australian kids, or 600,000 nationally, says Optometrists Association Australia. The association is launching the inaugural Children’s Vision Day today, and is calling on parents to have their children’s eyes examined prior to starting school and regularly throughout their schooling years.