Why Eye Tracking (and All Visual Skills) are So Important
It's not a “seeing” problem.
70% of what a student learns in school is processed through the visual system. Even a minor visual processing problem will interfere with students being able to perform to their potential.
Vision disorders are the fourth most common disability in the United States and the most prevalent handicapping condition in childhood.*
A large part of learning is done visually – reading, chalkboard work, and computer use are among the tasks students tackle all day long, day after day. Such near vision work demands very different skills from the distance vision tested by the 20/20 chart given by the school nurse.
Near vision requires that your eyes work as a team – called binocular vision –
- To converge – aiming together to combine the images from each eye into one single-fused picture,
- To accommodate – bringing images into clear focus,
- To fixate – tracking the eyes across a page fluidly and then jumping to the next line.
Learning can be impaired if eye movements are slow or clumsy if the eyes jump, “stutter” or lose their place when reading a book or from a computer screen.
It’s not a “seeing” problem, so glasses alone won’t fix it. It’s an eye muscle problem….so this is why Minds-in-Motion works with balancing activities (the inner ear system) to get to the VOR (vestibular-ocular reflex) to tone up those muscles around the eyes!
*Information from the American Foundation for Vision Awareness