Give Your Students All The Clues They Need To Good Vision
As a teacher you are aware of the importance of good vision in the social, educational and behavioural development of children. Children often assume that how they see is normal; teachers can learn to recognise the signs of a vision problem and help students reach their full learning potential.
Along with allergies and asthma, eye disorders are the most common long-term health problems experienced by children. Approximately 1 in 5 Australian children suffer from an undetected vision problem. Once recognised, most eye problems are easy to correct. Others have no obvious symptoms and early detection is the key.
Discussing Vision With Your Students!
Help detect potential vision problems in students and teach them about their eyes and the importance of good vision.
4 Ways To Raise Awareness About Vision
1. Order your free new materials! Materials include posters, parent guides, teacher cards and stickers – use them in your classroom!
2. Download free resources – teach your students about eyes and vision with our student activity modules! Download images to use and include an article in your school newsletter.
3. Be aware of signs that may indicate a vision problem – when working with students, try to determine if they may have a problem with their vision. Set up your classroom to ensure a healthy visual environment.
4. Speak to parents about their child’s vision. Provide parents with a copy of the Vision & Learning brochure. If you suspect a student has a vision problem, recommend that they take the child to an optometrist for a thorough eye examination.
Be Aware Of Signs That May Indicate A Vision Problem
- One eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
- Frequent blinking
- Red or watery eyes
- Frequently rubbing the eyes
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Tilting head noticeably
- Covering or closing one eye
- Difficulty learning to read
- Holding a book very close to read
- Leaving out or confusing words when reading
- Squinting or straining to see the board
- Difficulty recognising familiar people in the distance
- Complaints of headaches
- Complaints of blurred or double vision
Hints For A Healthy Visual Environment
- The classroom should have good and even lighting
- Limit computer sessions to less than two hours
- Minimise reflections from the monitor
- The top of the monitor should be approximately at or slightly below eye level
- Use appropriate font sizes and colours on the monitor and whiteboard
- Encourage outdoor activities, rather than reading, during lunch and recess
- When outdoors make sure sunglasses are worn to reduce UV exposure
- A broad-brimmed hat will reduce the amount of UV reaching a child’s eyes by up to half
- Always make sure appropriate protective eyewear is used when playing sport