Will smartphones and tablets make learning-related vision problems worse?

Life in the 21st century demands more from our children’s visual processing systems than ever before. Children use their vision at school and home differently than we have in the past. In general, today’s students spend less time than past generations on the playground, exploring the outdoors, or engaged in activities that do not involve […]

Eye Exams for Children

As a parent, you may wonder whether your pre-schooler has a vision problem or when a first eye exam should be scheduled. Eye exams for children are extremely important. Experts say 5 to 10% of pre-schoolers and 25% of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child’s vision problem is crucial because, if […]

Learning-Related Vision Problems

There’s no question that good vision is important for learning. Experts say more than 80% of what your child is taught in school is presented to them visually. To make sure your child has the visual skills they need for school, the first step is to make sure your child has 20/20 eyesight and that […]

Children’s Vision — FAQ’s

Q: How often should children have their eyes examined? A: According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. After that, kids should have routine eye exams at age 3 and again at age 5 or 6 (just before they enter kindergarten or the first grade). […]

An Eye Teaming Problem Could Be The Reason Your Child Struggles to Read

The Visual Learning Center offers  developmental optometry & vision therapy in Olney, Maryland,  convenient to Silver Spring. Have you noticed that your child or a child you work with tries to avoid reading? Do they look away from the text often, rub their eyes repeatedly, or claim that they are tired every time they sit down […]

Does your child complain of dizziness while reading?

Has your child ever complained of feeling dizzy while reading? Dizziness can have many causes, and it’s a symptom that should be taken seriously. But if you’ve noticed that your child tends to complain of mild dizziness, queasiness, malaise, or nausea, specifically when reading or doing homework, it could be due to an undiagnosed functional […]

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My Child Learned to Read in Kindergarten But Now Reads Below Grade Level: What Happened?

One of the biggest points of concern and confusion that parents have when they come to us is that they know their child is bright, but he or she is struggling in school. We often hear from parents who say their child had no trouble at all learning to read in Kindergarten, but by third […]

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Summer Vision Screening: When a Bright Child Struggles in School Summer is the Season to Discover Why

As your child wraps up another school year, now may be a good time to reassess his or her progress and struggles. You might be asking yourself some of the following questions and wondering what you can do to help set your child up for success as a student: Did my child advance this year […]

Can vision problems affect my child’s life outside of school?

While many vision problems are first suspected in a school setting or learning environment when a child has difficulty with reading, writing, math, or engages in disruptive classroom behavior, vision problems can also significantly affect the child’s life outside of school. If a child has a visual processing issue, seemingly simple tasks may be more […]