According to the American Public Health Association, 25% of students in grades K-6 have visual problems that are serious enough to hinder learning.
How can you tell if your child’s ability to learn is being affected by a vision problem? If you check off several items on the following checklist, consider taking your child for a thorough vision examination.
- Turns or tilts head to see
- Head is frequently tilted to one side or one shoulder is noticeably higher
- Squinting or closing of one eye or excessive blinking
- Poor visual/motor skills (often called hand-eye coordination) or frequently bumps into things or drops things
- Becomes easily confused when in motion
- Frequently loses things
- Has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or dyslexia
While reading or doing close work your child:
- Holds the reading material or object too close
- Closes one eye or covers eye with hand or twists or tilts head
- Frequently loses place and/or skips or repeats lines
- Fatigues easily and/or becomes drowsy
- Uses finger to read
- Rubs eyes during or after periods of reading
- Reports that words move or run together
- Exhibits avoidance behaviors
- Headaches or eyestrain
- Nausea or dizziness
- Motion sickness or car sickness
- Double Vision
If your child reports seeing double, please take your child for a binocular vision evaluation immediately.
Early detection of problems greatly increases the chances of successful rehabilitation. Testing of binocular teaming skills should be a part of every child’s comprehensive eye examination.
Contact Us today to setup an comprehensive eye examination for your child.
How Vision Problems Can Interfere With Learning by Dr. Mary Gregory