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The Correlation Between Vision and Productivity

Posted by Dr. Danny P. Malone on Oct 27, 2016 3:25:47 PM

A study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry found a direct correlation between proper vision correction and productivity. Even with very small refractive errors—just two clicks (0.5 diopters)—in an eye exam, they found that performance could drop by 9% and accuracy by 38%. 

While this study was conducted with adults in the workplace and focused on workplace productivity, it’s findings can be just as revealing concerning children in the classroom.

Vision is Critical to Productivity

iStock_20213284_MEDIUM.jpgIn an earlier post I noted experts say approximately 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually. That’s why you’re wise to consider vision problems when your child encounters learning difficulties, or in the case of productivity, is having challenges completing assignments accurately and on time.

Clear Vision

The first critical area is to make sure your child actually has clear vision and can focus on the printed word. They may suffer from hyperopia, or farsightedness, where they have difficulty seeing close objects.  

Or they may have myopia, or nearsightedness, where they have difficulty seeing objects at a distance, including the white board at the front of the classroom. 

They could also have astigmatism, which is caused by an abnormal shape of the eye and in particular the cornea. It causes blurry vision for both near objects and far objects.

Correction for these problems is through prescription eyeglasses or contacts.

Vision Problems

There is also a full range of potential issues that I described in my blog post “Common Eye Problems in Children.” As you review what may be the source of a productivity problem, it’s important to ensure that your child’s vision is clear and free of any problems. 

We Can Help

As a first step, we recommend a thorough eye exam to identify any vision problems. Then, we can recommend the appropriate treatment for your child. We have considerable experience diagnosing all these problems and in guiding parents in choosing the best treatment options.

Use our contact form or call us at 972-612-2099 to schedule your child’s appointment.

Disclaimer: The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. 

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Topics: signs of vision problems, productivity