University of Edinburgh

The Role of Vision in Learning

Presented on Friday 7 November 2008


The role of vision in learning is complex. 80% of learning is done through vision. Most people are aware of long and short sight and how this might affect learning however there are a wide range of subtle visual difficulties that have an impact on learning.

More importantly children with specific learning difficulties are commonly affected by these visual problems. This workshop helped participants learn about the most common visual conditions that affect children with reading or writing difficulty.

  • Learn more about Binocular Vision, Visual Stress (Meares-Irlen Syndrome) and other aspects of motor and perceptual visual processing.
  • Learn how to spot these deficits and learn how they can easily be corrected by eye care professionals.
  • Learn more about the neurophysiology of letter reversals and how to overcome them.

Interactive simulations were used to demonstrate how poor visual control or perception affects reading comprehension and writing.

These workshops were of particular interest to learning support teachers and teachers of the visually impaired but would also be suitable for teachers who are interested in how we read and the neurophysiological processes involved in reading and learning. The workshop may also be of interest to eye care professionals and occupational therapists.

Presenter: Dr Nadia Northway, Department of Vision Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University


10.20 am Introduction, Janis Sugden