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Q: My child has a learning disorder. She has had an eye exam, but still seems to be struggling. Could her vision still be a factor?

Posted October 16, 2013 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: The short answer is yes. Even though she may have passed a vision screening or an eye exam previously, there may be certain vision issues that were not checked for in either of those situations. Many of the symptoms of a learning disorder overlap with the symptoms of a vision disorder. We actually label them learning-related vision disorders. It is estimated around 80 percent of how a child learns is through vision, especially now in the era of tablets and smartphones. Even some of the medications used to help treat certain learning disorders can impact a child’s vision. The best thing to do if your child, or even yourself, has a learning disorder potentially has one, is to be evaluated by a developmental optometrist. They provide comprehensive vision evaluations that check for specific vision issues related to learning. Call our office today to schedule an exam if you feel this may sound like you or someone you know.

Information provided by Dr. Erik Romsdahl, Child and Family Vision Center, 2525 N. Ankeny Blvd., Suite 109, Ankeny, 964-7541.

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