Preschoolers with farsightedness likely to have literacy deficits

 

Do you have a preschooler? If you do, you are probably concerned about education for your child. There was a recent study funded by the National Eye Institute shows that youngsters that have uncorrected farsightedness perform slightly worse than their counterparts in early literacy.

 

This makes sense as people with farsightedness can see better when things are far away then when things are up close. Due the proximity of a book to a child’s face, a child with farsightedness might not see words and pictures well in a book.

 

Here’s a few tips to test at home:

 

-Does your child have cross eyes?

-Does your child have little interest in school?

-Does your child squint when looking at something up close?

-Does your child rub his or her eyes often?

 

If your child is displaying any of these signs, reach out to the optometrists at the Bixby Eye Center in Peoria, Illinois. They can schdeule and appointment with you and your child to ensure that your child's vision is corrected.

 

Top image by Flickr user The Spedster used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 License. Image cropped and modified from original.

 

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