Poor vision affects school performance

Vision problems can negatively affect school performance. Now that the school starts, it is convenient to check the children's view because the most common affections are the myopia, astigmatism and farsightedness, a study of the Baviera Clinic. These vision problems can affect the proper development of school performance of children and adolescents.

According to him Study of the Vision in Spain performed by Clínica Baviera, in general lines, parents are aware of the importance of ophthalmological examinations to their children. So, a 64.7% of Spaniards with minor children go to periodic reviews (every year or every two years), but a 31% only go to the ophthalmologist if you think your child has a vision problem.

According to this same study, the main pathologies suffered by Spanish minors are: myopia, which affects the 9,2% of minors, the astigmatism that affects the 5% and hyperopia, which suffer a 4,1% of the Spanish minors. On the other hand, strabismus affects about 3% of children.

Signs of a visual problem in children

Parents should be aware that their children may show signs of having a visual problem such as, difficulty reading signs or the blackboard, get close to paper to write or suffer Headaches. In addition, children with visual deficits tend to reject social activities such as reading or those that take place outdoors depending on their visual limitations.

As explained by the director of the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus unit of the Baviera Clinic, Dr. Carlos Laria Ochaita, "it is very important to detect and start treating the visual defects as soon as possible as the results of the treatment will be better, in fact, there are some visual problems, such as amblyopia or lazy eye, that if not treated in time can be irreversible. "

Ocular health and school development are closely linked, it is estimated that 30% of school failures may be due to vision problems, so from Clínica Baviera they want to raise awareness among parents about the importance of carrying out periodic checks to know the visual status of your children. "The early detection of a vision problem becomes a key element to avoid school failure", concludes Dr. Carlos Laria.

Marisol Nuevo Espín
Advice:Dr. Carlos Laria Ochaita, director of the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Unit at Clínica Baviera

Video: 8 Warning Signs of Vision Problems in Kids

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