Seeing is Learning

JONESBORO (KAIT) Is your child having problems learning at school?

He or she may have been identified as having a learning disability but it may be something much simpler and correctable.

Many children are identified as problem learners, unable to read things on the black boards or even text books.

But it may not be a learning problem... They may need glasses. Here are some things you need to look for.

Dr. James Cullins, O.D. "Squinting is one of the first things you look for or if a child wants to sit too close to the television if they are holding their books close to see. "

And eye problems can develop at an early age.

Cullins, "A good time to check a child's eyes is certainly by age two and look for problems and see if there is anything visually or a eye health problem."

In Arkansas, school system eye testing begins early.

Tammy Hall, Annie Camp Junior High School, "Pre-k, kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 4th grade, 6th grade, 8th grade and all transfer and new students."

My son Hayden will be in the 8th grade this year and Tammy demonstrated the eye exam for me.

Hall, "We use the machine and then I'll do a Snellin chart and they'll do the color vision and things like that."

In many classrooms the child may be moved a variety of times before the teacher realizes they may be having difficulty seeing.

If you suspect problems an eye exam is in order.

Cullins, "There's lesser eye exams, intermediate and there's comprehensive exams."

And teachers say many times kids don't even wear the glasses they have, the problem is wearing them in classroom. So how do you keep them on their face?

Rusty Acebo, Prescription Lens Master, "Lot of times we find that when the parents try to pick the glasses out for the children they don't like the glasses and their not going to tend to want to wear them. Where if we let the child pick them out lot of time they are gonna wear what they want."

Now is the time to get your child's eyes examined before problems can develop. Not being able to see is not a good option for learning.

For children and teenagers Dr. Cullins recommends an eye exam every year but says if your child takes a real growth spurt you might need to have them re-examined.