Vision and learning are closely linked. Children don’t know what ‘normal’ vision is like, so they may not know to complain about not being able to see the board or their textbooks. Also, children’s eyes change rapidly as they grow, so eye care and regular, comprehensive eye exams are important.
Ty’s father first noticed that there might be an issue with Ty’s vision because of the way Ty ran. He would sprint in short spurts and would trip often. This was caused by not being able to see very far ahead and not being able to see the ground well enough to know if there was an obstacle.
Research has shown that children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems face many barriers in life. Studies converge on three key areas where impaired vision impacts children: life-long health, school performance, and emotional/social development. High-quality eye care can break down these barriers and help enable children to reach their highest potential.