Reading and learning requires more than just seeing clearly!

Did you know that seeing clearly (20/20) is just one of over 16 visual skills that need to be developed for effective reading and learning?

In fact, 80% of problem readers have an underlying vision condition that is not related to how clearly they see.  It has been shown that up to 25% of school aged children have vision problems that affect their ability to read, learn, or pay attention.

Common signs of a visual skill deficit may include:

  • Skipping lines / losing place when reading
  • Reading with finger or a ruler
  • Omitting/inserting words
  • Headaches
  • Reduced reading speed or comprehension
  • Avoidance of school work
  • Letter reversals, trouble spelling or difficulty writing
  • Visual work getting worse later in the day
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Double vision

Please view the Vision and Learning Symptom & Observation Checklist to help educate yourself on where vision problems may interfere with academics and/or quality of life.


This video highlights the difference between two readers, who could both see “20/20″ and passed all routine eye examinations without problems.  See if you can spot the difference in how accurately the eyes move.

To learn more about the impact of vision development on academic achievement and quality of life, please visit our resource and education section.