Poor vi­sion in class­rooms

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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