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August is Vision & Learning Month
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August was declared Vision & Learning Month in 1995. The goal of this national observance is to help educate parents and educators about the critical link between vision and learning.

2014 August Campaign 

COVD celebrates the kickoff of August is International Children's Vision & Learning Month for 2014 with a press release that focuses on how grades are related to vision. "Poor Grades Explained by Vision Problems: College of Optometrists in Vision Development offers hope to parents of struggling readers" Read the Press Release

More Press Releases

Could Your Child’s Struggle with Reading and Learning be Due to an Undiagnosed Vision Problem? COVD Reaches Out to Parents to Answer Their Questions

Childhood Reading Struggles:  The Answer may be in the Eyes. COVD Supports International Children’s Vision and Learning Month

Learning Problems Can Be in the Eyes: A Back-to-School Message


View the Proclamations for the August campaign.

2013 Campaign News

How Vision Problems Can Interfere with Learning
  • "25% of students in grades K-6 have visual problems that are serious enough to impede learning.” - American Public Health Association

  • "When vision problems go undetected, children almost invariably have trouble reading and doing their schoolwork. They often display fatigue, fidgeting, and frustrations in the classroom—traits that can lead to a misdiagnosis of dyslexia or other learning disabilities.” - American Optometric Association
  • "It is estimated that 80% of children with a learning disability have an undiagnosed vision problem.” - Vision Council of America

  • "Early diagnosis and treatment of children’s vision problems is a necessary component to school readiness and academic learning; and that vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Comprehensive eye and vision examinations ... are important for all children first entering school and regularly throughout their school-aged years to ensure healthy eyes and adequate visual skills essential for successful academic achievement.” - National PTA Policy Statement 2005, Elements of Comprehensive Health Programs

  • "Early testing for vision problems is key to preventing learning disabilities or, in some cases, significant visual impairment in children." - Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, Task Force Chairman, Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

  • "A three year study of 540 children found that those children who had visual perceptual and eye movement difficulties did poorly on standardized tests.” - Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, FAAO, FCOVD, Developmental Optometrist and Past President of COVD.

Vision is More Than 20/20

Unfortunately, parents and educators often incorrectly assume that if a child passes a school vision screening, then there is no vision problem. However, school vision screenings often only test for visual acuity. In reality, the vision skills needed for successful reading and learning are much more complex. A child who can see 20/20 can still have a vision problem.

Vision is a complex process that involves over 20 visual abilities and more than 65% of all the pathways to the brain. One in four children has an undiagnosed vision problem which can interfere with learning and lead to academic and/or behavioral problems. However, it is important to know that these children frequently do not report symptoms because they think everyone sees the same way they do.

Often a child with a vision-based learning problem has excellent verbal skills, causing parents and educators to think the child must be lazy, have ADD/ADHD, or is learning disabled. The possible misdiagnosis can be due to similar symptoms, but the causes are not the same.

What is optometric vision therapy?
What is the link between vision & learning?
Watch our Vision & Learning PSAs.

Visions of Hope Video Contest

Last year, COVD reached out to parents across the globe to share their personal stories through video, with our first ever "Visions of Hope Video Contest."

Watch the Visions of Hope videos

How to Improve Children's Vision & Learning

A comprehensive vision exam with an optometrist is the first step in uncovering the link in a child's vision and learning.

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