Unfortunately, many people do not recognize that they have a vision problem. Unless there is something sudden that happens, such as blurred or doubled vision, children rarely report vision difficulties and most adults think that what they are experiencing is a medical problem, and as such they visit their primary care physicians and neurologists hoping to find an answer.
For children, there are physical clues that point to possible vision problems, but surprisingly, many of the symptoms that would indicate a vision problems seem entirely unrelated to vision. In fact, the only way children tell you they have a vision problem is with their behavior.
Please keep in mind that even one of the symptoms mentioned below can be a sign that your child may have a vision problem at the root of their difficulties. By scheduling a functional vision evaluation, we will be able to determine the full depth of the vision problem.
Avoidance of near work
Frequent loss of place when reading
Omitting, inserting, or rereading words in a paragraph
Confusing similar looking words
Poor reading comprehension
Difficulty copying from the chalkboard
Poor handwriting, misaligns numbers
Letter or word reversals after first grade
Difficulty following directions
Red, sore, tearing, or itching eyes
Jerky eye movements, one eye turning in or out
Squinting, eye rubbing, or excessive blinking
Covers one eye often
Headaches, dizziness, or nausea after reading
Exaggerated head movement when reading
Very close reading distance
Inconsistent or poor at sports