Studies show up to 70% of students with learning difficulty have a vision problem.*
This is because vision involves more than just seeing the small letters on a distance chart. Academic tasks such as reading and writing also require good near vision which means that vision up close must be clear, single and steady. In addition to this, a number of other skills are also important such as eye tracking & sensory perception which do not fully develop until well into the teenage years! A problem in any of these aspects of vision can create a barrier to learning making it difficult for students to progress at school.
Fortunately such problems can be identified and treated. Find out how we can help with our 3 Point Check Test for schools and a FREE iCept app for testing eye tracking and low level sensory perceptual skills.
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