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Can Vision Problems Affect School Performance?

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My son has had vision problems for some time and wears glasses. He's always struggled in school, and I'm wondering whether his vision has affected him academically.
- Victoria

Your doctor and eye specialist know your son's history best, but generally if a child's vision is corrected with glasses, it's not likely that a visual problem is causing learning difficulties. Still, some kids might struggle in school if their prescription changes and they're wearing glasses that are outdated. Make sure that your son's vision is checked while he's wearing his glasses to be sure they're the right prescription.

If his vision isn't the problem, you might want him to be evaluated by a doctor who specializes in learning problems. Such problems are common — and sometimes subtle. Once better defined, steps can be taken to improve his academic situation.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: July 2013

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