April 7th was World Health Day. Both the physical and mental health of our youth is so important. Read on to learn about one health-related issue that is hard to spot in young children but can have a lasting effect on their future.
Many studies [1,2,3] have shown a correlation between undiagnosed eyesight issues and behavioral issues in school. This cause and effect relationship can lead to educational, social, and emotional issues within the classroom.
Melissa Munoz, CYS Mediation Supervisor, recalls her own brother being held back a grade due to eye sight issues, “While in elementary, my brother's 1st grade teacher would complain that he would not participate in class. She would take away his recess and have him sit in the back, separated from his friends, to prevent any distractions. When our family would ask my brother what was wrong, he would stay quiet and keep to himself. The teacher notified our dad that my brother would be held back a grade, due to his lack of participation. By chance, we were all due for our eye exam and my brother was diagnosed with eyesight issues. Eventually my brother confessed he was unable to see, especially in class, but didn't want to get into more trouble.”
Signs a child is struggling due to undiagnosed eyesight issues:
Talking to classmates during class
Quiet in class
Difficulty sitting still
Frustrated with their work
If your child or a child you know is dealing with behavioral issues at school, get their eyesight checked. In many cases, a proper diagnosis may be the solution to that child’s behavioral issues.