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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Visual Health and Academic Performance in School-Aged Children

AUTHOR:

Cristina Alvarez-Peregrina, Miguel Ángel Sánchez-Tena, Cristina Andreu-Vázquez and Cesar Villa-Collar

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YEAR PUBLISHED:

2020

PUBLICATION:

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Academic performance at different educational levels has become a very important subject of study in local, national and international institutions.

  • A visual system working properly is critical to improving academic performance. It is important to check children’s vision during the different stages of elementary school.

  • A visual screening was carried out in elementary school children, aged between 6 and 12, across Spain.

  • The screening included: the collection of demographic data, surveys of children and families about their vision habits and a basic optometric screening to detect visual problems.  Children with bad academic performance had worse visual health than those with good academic performance.

  • It would be highly recommendable to introduce policies that ensure the early detection of visual disorders in schools and primary care in order to improve the academic performance of elementary students.