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How Important is Sight in School?

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How important is sight in a classroom?
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Let us start with an apology. We know it is cruel of us to bring up school in the middle of August. You finally had some more time to spend with your kids and while we all agree education is crucial – we wouldn’t mind keeping them at home for just a little bit longer!

However, we cannot escape reality and you might already start thinking in the background what preparations and shopping you still have to do before you send them off into a new school year.

There is one aspect, though, that is often forgotten. We all remember to buy new notebooks, pencils, and a shiny new backpack. But aren’t we forgetting about something that is even more crucial to their educational triumphs? That’s correct: vision and healthy eyes!

In this blog post, we will discuss how important in sight in school, and how does it impact the learning process.

Visual Learning: A Primary Mode of Education

Humans are predominantly visual beings, and a substantial portion of information (80%) is absorbed through sight. Teachers utilize visual aids, such as charts, diagrams, and videos, to enhance the learning process and make abstract concepts more tangible. From early childhood to higher education, visual learning remains a fundamental component of effective teaching.

Reading and Writing are Visual Tasks

When we think of our experience of school, a lot of it depended on our ability to follow closely what was happening at the front of classroom on the whiteboard. Yet, most information was received through reading and writing.

With great confidence we can say that reading and writing are probably two of the most common activities that we undertake in school, as well as throughout our lives. It is important to realize that whenever we sit to write something down, read a book or a computer monitor – we are in fact performing a visual task.

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Reading Comprehension

Reading sounds like something we do almost subconsciously. We rarely think about what has to work in perfect synchronization for us to perform the reading task. You need to direct both eyes at the same point accurately and in perfect coordination.

To make the reading school material clear, we need to focus and then move two eyes continually as a perfectly trained team across the line of print. Whenever we move from one line in the text to another – this whole process has to start all over. Yet, in healthy eyes – it all goes seamlessly!

Of course, this is just the ‘mechanical’ element of reading. To really understand and gain comprehension through the reading process, we are always collecting visual information and changing this written content into a mental image that we can memorize.

Memory and visualization are used to relate the information we learn in school or observe in life to what we already know so that we are able to make sense of what is being read.

Writing, too, needs eyes!

Another element of school work and learning is writing. Writing works similarly, yet we could say that it behaves in almost reverse to what we said about reading.

We start with an image in our mind and code it into words. At the same time, we control the movement of the pencil while continually working to keep the written material understandable. Eye-hand movement coordination becomes one of the key visual functions that are needed for writing to work. Throughout all this, we focus our eyes and move them together just as in the reading process.

Classroom Participation and Interaction

Active participation in classroom discussions and group activities is essential for holistic learning. Students with clear vision are more likely to actively engage in class discussions, collaborate with peers, and benefit from interactive learning experiences.

Vision impairment can hinder a student’s ability to fully participate, potentially impacting their academic and social development.

Impact on Academic Performance

The correlation between good eyesight and academic success is evident in various studies. Students with clear vision are better equipped to absorb information, complete assignments, and excel in examinations.

Vision-related difficulties may contribute to lower academic performance, highlighting the need for regular eye check-ups and vision care in schools.

Get Ready for School!

In conclusion, the importance of sight in school cannot be overstated. From shaping the foundation of literacy skills to influencing overall academic performance and emotional well-being, clear vision is a cornerstone of successful learning.

A problem with any or all of the visual parts of the processes described above can present difficulties in some way with reading and/or writing.

It is highly recommended that we take our little ones for a comprehensive eye examination before the start of every school year. In many cases eye problems can be resolved very quickly if caught early enough, as there are treatments that work magic. When it comes to lazy eye or convergence insufficiency, a couple of vision therapy sessions with a doctor or a software tool for vision therapy such as AmblyoPlay can suffice.

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