New research indicates that farsighted preschoolers and kindergartners experience a harder time paying attention in school. These children are at the risk of slipping behind in school.
– About 4-14 percent of preschoolers who suffer from moderate farsightedness have the problem undiagnosed.
– The moderately farsighted 4 and 5 year olds are often at risk of struggling with the building blocks of learning leading to decreased literacy levels.
– Children who struggled to see close-up were found to have lower scores on tests of visual attention, visual perception and visual-motor integration.
Though this study didn’t look specifically at the link between attention and learning, previous research has established that difficulties with attention can stand in the way of greater success in the classroom.
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