Anyone with glasses can tell you about that moment of clarity: seeing the leaves on the trees. Help your students experience that thrill. Watch for signs of vision trouble in students.
Of course, the classic sign of vision trouble is when the child can’t see the board. However, many students won’t admit that they have trouble, so parents and teachers have to watch for the signals that indicate vision trouble. Remember, vision trouble can go beyond nearsightedness to include lazy eye, crossed eyes, farsightedness, and astigmatism.
If you spot the following behaviors, notify the school nurse and call the parent. (I call home because some students won’t give parents the nurse’s note.) When speaking to parents, remember to describe the behavior you see and avoid anything that sounds like a diagnosis.
Correcting a vision problem can lead to quick and remarkable results. I have seen students jump an entire grade level in reading fluency and comprehension shortly after getting glasses.
Signs of vision trouble in children:
- rubbing eyes
- tilting books to read them
- leaning close to books
- turning the head to look at objects that should be in peripheral vision
- wandering eyes
- covering one eye
- avoiding reading or seeking out books with large print (not related to reading level)