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When parents notice a sudden or gradual decline in their child’s academic performance, they often blame the child for being “playful and unserious.” However, that child might just be having a visual problem which is  affecting his/her ability to learn.

The human eye is a major organ of the body that makes learning easier. If there is a problem with the eyes, learning becomes difficult. So before scolding your child for having poor grades in school, observe their vision and take them for an eye test. Here are some eye conditions that can significantly affect the learning ability of children:

Amblyopia (lazy eye)

This is a condition that happens when the eyes are not seeing optimally despite the use of eyeglasses. The result is blurry vision and difficulty in seeing objects even with glasses on. This condition can make reading difficult for children by causing loss of place, skipping words, misreading words, and sometimes adding extra words into sentences. This can lead to eye fatigue and loss of concentration when reading, thus affecting the child’s schoolwork.


This condition is also known as nearsightedness. When this happens, the child’s vision gets blurry and he/she will find it very difficult to write notes and see diagrams that have been drawn on the board from a distance. This would interfere with learning because the child will not understand when the teacher refers to things on the board.


This condition is also known as farsightedness. The child has difficulty working on things at close range, like reading at a stretch, as the eyes easily gets tired when working on things that are near. However their distant vision is optimal.

Strabismus (crossed eyes)

This is the inability of the two eyes to align properly and focus on an object at the same time. When this happens, only one eye focuses directly on the object, but the other eye looks in a different direction.

Strabismus usually affects a child’s reading and concentration ability when carrying out tasks at close range. The affected child can also experience headaches and fatigue.

Eye tracking difficulties

This is when the movement of the eyes is at a slower pace than normal. This can make a child lose his/her place when reading or following a moving object, especially when playing sports.


A thorough eye exam carried out by a professional optometrist can help detect and treat any of these visual problems so your child’s eyesight can be in good condition ahead of the new school year. Remember, early detection is key for speedy correction of eye issues. Contact us for more information on children’s eye health.