Visual Memory

Dr. Russel Lazarus, May 11, 2021

Does your child struggle with spelling? Or can’t recall what they just read? It could be a visual memory problem.

The ability to remember what we see is important to process short-term memory into long-term memory.

Visual memory is necessary for most academic tasks, including reading, spelling, reading comprehension, math and copying from a board to a notebook.

When a child has poor visual memory, school can become difficult.

Schedule an evaluation with a vision therapy eye doctor who can help improve any visual problems your child may have.

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What is visual memory?

The ability to immediately recall what the eye has seen is visual memory. It allows a child to remember what a symbol, object, shape or form looked like,which is essential for learning.

Signs of poor visual memory

If your child exhibits several of these symptoms, poor visual memory could be the cause:

  • Difficulty copying information from a book or the board
  • Difficulty recognizing letters or numbers
  • Difficulty with sight words (sounds them out instead)
  • May appear lazy in written work
  • Confuses letters or words when writing
  • Poor math skills
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Poor spelling skills
  • Slow handwriting
  • Trouble finding letters on a keyboard or numbers on a calculator
  • Trouble memorizing basic information such as phone numbers

If your child shows signs of any of these symptoms, contact an eye doctor near you, to have your child’s vision evaluated.

How vision therapy can help

Vision therapy is a customized program that can improve visual memory through eye exercises that retrain the eyes and brain to work together and also develops the visual memory skills.

These exercises will not only improve a child’s visual memory issue, but help them to improve their spelling and reading, so that learning doesn’t have to be a struggle.

If your child has a visual information processing problem, they may also have a binocular vision problem.

LEARN MORE: Guide to Vision and Learning Difficulties

Schedule an eye exam with an eye doctor near you who can diagnose and treat any vision problems your child may have.