Improved academic performance for schoolchildren who received glasses

School performance improves for schoolchildren who received glasses, according to a new study. So when children receive pediatric eye care and vision problems can be determined early on, the difficulties that students face in not being able to see clearly are alleviated by receiving glasses, and the ability to do well in school is increasing dramatically.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that while there is potentially millions of children with vision problems across the country, they don’t get the care they need just because they don’t have access to pediatric ophthalmologists, according to Xpress medical. As a result, many students fall behind in school unnecessarily. And not because they lack mental acuity, but simply because they cannot see clearly.

The study, published in the journal, JAMA Ophthalmology found that simply by by giving school-aged children an eye exam, diagnosing their vision problem, and providing them with glasses, their grades have increased dramatically. So much so that according to Johns Hopkins University, the education gains were “the equivalent of two to four months of additional education” against those who needed glasses and did not receive them.

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According to Vision Care Direct of Oklahoma, more … than 20% of school-aged children need glasses. Since children spend roughly the same percentage of their day in class, teachers may notice that there are vision problems before parents do. And therefore, teachers can let parents know that they think a full eye exam may be needed to determine if a vision problem is present.

Even with a referral to a pediatric ophthalmologist, not all parents can afford to do this. And that’s where organizations, like Vision for Baltimore, as the study indicates, come in.

According to Xpress medical, Vision for Baltimore is an organization that has been providing eyewear to Baltimore students since 2016. And during that time it was discovered that 15,000 of the 60,000 students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 needed glasses and were not aware of or able to get them.

After creating Vision Baltimore, however, more than 64,000 students in the city have been tested and more than 8,000 pairs of glasses have been given to children to relieve their vision problems.

Among the students who received glasses, the researchers performed a randomized study in which more than 2,300 children had their performances monitored over three years, according to the study. And what they found was that after just a year, reading and math scores improved.

Most striking, however, according to Johns Hopkins University is that for most students this equated to an additional two to four months of learning. For those who have had the worse test scores or were in special education, receiving glasses was like receiving four to six months of additional education.

In the second year, due to the fact that the glasses were worn less or not at all, whether because of losing the glasses or not thinking they are stylish, the same improvements did not occur. not observed.

When kids are given the right tools to be successful, they will. As such, making sure everyone is on an equal footing when it comes to seeing in class is one way to make sure that happens.

Source: Medical Xpress, Johns Hopkins University, JAMA Ophthalmology, Vision Care Direct Oklahoma


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