September 10th, 2006


Does myopia improve a child's chances for academic success?

Via gustavolacerda:

A possible link between myopia and academic success:

"So there's some discrepency, but from what I know personally about the difficulty of reading with hyperopic eyes, I know that if I had been a hyperopic child who remained undiagnosed it would have been difficult to spend a great deal of time reading at night. This was something I loved to do as a myopic child. Furthermore, if I had been hyperopic I would have been unable to explain or complain about the problem, because as a young child I would have believed that it was just regular vision. I mean, I couldn't read the board at school and it took more than a year for me to communicate the problem to my parents. Something as subtle as a reading fatigue would most likely be confused with "well, i guess he just doesn't like to read."

The implications of all this are that people who can read easier will like to read more. People who have more physical trouble reading will like to read less. It's no secret that activities seem more rewarding when we can perform them well. So the myopics will do more reading as children (in general), putting them on average above the academic curve. The hyperopics will do less reading and close work, inhibiting their learning (which is based in reading). The end result? In academic competition the myopics will win. So at your average competitive college look around you. Those glasses and contacts on so many may not be caused by all the hard work those students have done, but rather the myopia as young children got them reading and helped get them on a solid academic track.