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Vision for Academic Success

It is estimated that 80% of learning is visual. A vision problem can greatly impede your child’s chances of success at school. Studies have demonstrated that teenagers with myopia or hypermetropia (also known as hyperopia) struggle to pay attention at school, underachieve academically, and typically struggle in the classroom environment. These are common types of refractive errors, in which distant objects are more difficult to see clearly than nearby objects (myopia) or vice versa (hypermetropia).

Many bright teenagers are labelled as underachievers because their parents and teachers recognise that they aren’t achieving their potential. After practising optometry for many years, we have found that vision problems are often contributing factors to inattention and generally lower-than-expected academic performance.

Without a doubt, mental focus and concentration are essential in the classroom. Teenagers with vision problems will struggle to concentrate on schoolwork, because they are unable to read text that is small or written on a distant board/screen. Furthermore, an undiagnosed vision problem can worsen hand-eye coordination, and make team sports and other recreational activities more difficult.

A thorough eye exam at Leslie Sessel Optometrist will determine if your child’s vision is making their educational experience more difficult than it should be.


Signs that your child’s vision may be impacting his/her academic performance:

- Often described as an “auditory learner”.

- Reading or academic performance doesn’t reflect their true abilities.

- Poor reading comprehension.

- Holds text very close to face in order to read.

- Homework not completed correctly takes very long to complete or struggles with homework.

- Squinting when copying from the board.

- Avoids reading or completing written work, or becomes tired when doing this work.

- Painful or watering eyes.

- Frequent headaches, often at the end of the day.


Many vision problems in teenagers and adults are easily corrected with glasses or contact lenses. These simple and affordable interventions can have an enormous impact on your child’s school performance (and on the rest of their lives)!

We typically recommend that teenagers should have an eye examination every 12 months. Teenagers with vision problems may need more frequent re-examinations. Eye examinations will also evaluate your child’s general ocular health. It is important to remember that vision in children and teenagers changes quickly. An annual eye exam is essential to diagnose nearsightedness, farsightedness or other vision problems.

In today’s high-tech, ultra-competitive world, school is already difficult enough. Don’t let your child struggle unnecessarily with vision problems. Remember, excellent vision promotes confidence!

Book an eye exam today at Leslie Sessel Optometrist for an honest and thorough evaluation of your teenager’s vision.

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