Visual Health and Academic Performance in School-Aged Children

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Mar 31;17(7):2346. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17072346.


Background: 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.

Methods: 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.

Results: Children with bad academic performance had worse visual health than those with good academic performance.

Conclusions: 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.

Keywords: academic performance; growth; health; school-aged children; vision.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Academic Performance*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Schools*
  • Spain
  • Students
  • Vision Disorders* / complications
  • Vision Disorders* / diagnosis