What is ‘School Vision’?
SchoolVision® is a niche area of optometry looking at how a child’s eyes work together as they read, but more specifically - studying the relationship between their vision and dyslexia, dyspraxia and visual processing disorders.
When reading, one dominant eye should ‘do the work’ of aiming at the word - but if both eyes try and do the same job simultaneously, the letters will jumble and appear out of order; sending mixed signals to the brain which can result in reading and spelling difficulties.
Your child will be assessed in a fun, non-invasive session by our specialised behavioural optometrist who has an in-depth understanding of how a child uses their eyes to learn.
Ok, so how do I know if my child needs to be assessed?
Symptoms are varied and wide-ranging, so is not often immediately clear that your child has a visual problem. Common alarm bells include difficulties in reading and writing, the mixing up of letters such as b and d or p and q, a tendency to reverse words (was instead of saw) and the writing of numbers or letter backwards. Less common symptoms can appear as headaches, fatigue, disruptive behaviour in class and inability to concentrate.
If you have been told that your child has dyslexia, or you suspect something isn't quite right with their learning, it is important to confront your concerns. An undiagnosed or untreated visual impairment can have a detrimental effect on not just your child's ability to learn, but their confidence, behaviour and future life choices.
Right, but my child already has extra help at school. Do we really need to see you as well?
There are a number of pieces to a child’s learning puzzle, and though vision is only one piece, it is significant. Often, a child will benefit from a multidisciplinary approach. We work with a close network of educational psychologists, doctors, health care professionals, speech language therapists and occupational therapists to build a management plan tailor-made for your child.
So what does an assessment look like?
This is great - but where to from here?
You don’t need a referral to see us - just get in touch with our expert team to set up an appointment.