Farsighted kids less attentive in school
June, 19 2018 12:29
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Farsighted kids less attentive in school

By: Shivani Arora

Published on: Tue 10 Oct 2017 08:15 PM

Uttar Pradesh News Portal : Farsighted kids less attentive in school

Is your kid finding it hard to be attentive in school? Beware, he or she may be suffering from farsightedness, researchers say.

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According to a study:

  • Farsightedness or hyperopia — an eye problem where distant objects may be seen more clearly than objects that are near.
  • Affects around four to 14 per cent of preschoolers.
  • According to the study, preschoolers or kindergartners who suffer from hyperopia face attention problems that affect their academic performance.
  • Such kids also face early learning problems.
  • Preschool and kindergarten children with uncorrected farsightedness have decreased early literacy and face more deficits in addition.
  • Hyperopia often goes undetected in younger children.
  • Optical glasses are not always recommended in such cases, the researchers said.
  • It’s important for us to identify these children.
  • And especially identify those who are having learning difficulties because of their vision.

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Testing:

  • For the study the researchers tested preschool children with moderate farsightedness and normal vision.
  • They evaluated the children on account of their attention.
  • In addition,visual perception and the ability to integrate visual perception and motor skills (eye-hand coordination or copying skills).
  • The study found that the children who were moderately farsighted scored more poorly in the attention-related tests.

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