The signs of vision problems in the classroom: how do you spot them?


"It can be hard, even for a trained professional, to spot the signs of vision problems in the classroom."

It can be hard, even for a trained professional, to spot the signs of vision problems in the classroom.

So what chance do you have, if you don’t even know what you’re looking for?

Students with an undetected vision problems may not be able to properly engage with learning, or may act disruptively – due to frustration or confusion.

In some cases, children with an undiagnosed visual impairment have been misdiagnosed with dyslexia or a learning disorder due to their behaviour.

Below is a list of common signs to look out for. Keep reading to find out more.

We know Teachers and Teaching Assistants are extremely busy. And checking children’s vision could be just another excepted chore – but if a 3 minute vision check means you can rule out (or in) as to whether poor vision may be a cause, isn’t this time well spent for the child, you and the class?

And there’s no admin. Just click on the child’s name, quickly screen, and a letter is ready for the child’s parents.

Finding the hidden signs of vision problems in the classroom

Many children may not realise their vision is poor because they don’t know any different. What would be ‘poor’ to us is simply ‘normal’ to them. Similarly, many teachers can confuse the signs of vision problems with behavioural or developmental disabilities. This means some students can spend years struggling without any vision assistance.

Poor vision can impact students in various ways:

  • Eye strain and headaches.
  • Poor hand-eye coordination.
  • Low attention span during visual tasks.
  • Disruptive or distracting behaviour.
  • Difficulty engaging during class.
  • Squinting and trouble reading whiteboards or books.

Have your students been screened for vision problems in the last 12 months?

NHS guidance is for Reception aged children are screened for their vision and hearing. However, the service is not available everywhere and is only at Reception age. Children’s eyesight may well change as they grow, but rarely will they realise they have an an eyesight problem – as what is normal to them is, just that…. normal, to them.

For example, did you know that a college of Optometrists report found that while parents place a higher importance on their children’s eye health than their own 25% said their child has never had an eye test and almost one in ten parents either couldn’t recall when their child last had a sight test, or said it was more than ten years ago. And other research estimates this figure at 50% for those under 8 years of age?

Or, that over half of parents think that eye tests are compulsorily given at primary school?

The ScreeningForSchools software allows teachers, TAs and other members of staff without clinical backgrounds, to administer a test to children who have been identified as possible risk cases.

Schools are ready to start using the software in 20 minutes. There are just a few quick videos to view and you are ready to start

Protect your staff and students today

Vision problems can develop at any time, but are most likely to occur when a child is still growing. And the earlier these issues are identified, the more likely it is that a treatment can be found.

Identifying vision problems improves outcomes for children and schools.

Using ScreeningForSchools means teachers and TAs are empowered to quickly check whether poor eyesight may be affecting children’s educational success, emotional wellbeing or social development.

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