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Why A Kid Eye Exam May Not Be Enough

There are multiple possible reasons as to why a child may struggle at school.  Vision is commonly investigated when a student struggles.  However, a typical routine eye exam only checks for the ability to see 20/20 and the general health of the eyes.  The ability to see 20/20, though, is just one aspect of vision that can affect academics.  The correction of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism can help a child see the board and books better.  However, many children who can see 20/20 still struggle to “see”.  Visual skills such as eye teaming, eye focusing, fine eye movements, tracking, visual perception and others also affect reading, writing and learning.  A deficit in these skills can even lead to symptoms that mimic ADHD behaviors.

Clues That A Child's Vision and Eyes Are Affecting Schooling

Various factors can affect a child's ability to read, write and learn.  Hearing problems, allergies, dyslexia and visual skills are some of the factors that can adversely impact reading, writing, and learning.  Below is a list of symptoms that may indicate that visual skills are a contributing factor to a child's struggles with academics.  If your child has four or more of the symptoms listed below and is currently struggling with school, then schedule a visual skills examination at our Appointments page.  

O Frequent reversal errors when reading or writing past the age of 8 years

O Mistakes words with similar beginnings or endings

O Difficulty recognizing the alphabet

O Overgeneralizes when classifying objects

O Confuses similarities and differences

O Sloppy writing or drawing skills compared to peers

O Poor spacing and inability to stay on lines when writing

O Can respond orally but has difficulty producing answers on paper

O Enjoys being read to but dislikes reading

O Comprehends well when being read to but does not comprehend well when reading

O Difficulty sitting or standing still

O Clumsy; falls and bumps into things often

O Poor athletic performance

O Works slowly compared with peers

O Eyes hurt, burn or tire quickly while reading

O Excessive rubbing, blinking or tearing eyes when reading

O Headaches or fatigue with near work

O Re-reads the same line of words

O Difficulty aligning columns of numbers

O Letters or words appear to jump, float or move around when reading

O Frequent loss of place when reading

O Omission of words or skipping of lines when reading

O Use of a finger to maintain place when reading

O Decreased reading comprehension as the length of time spent reading increases

O Difficulty copying from the board

O Distractibility or short attention span

O Not performing up to academic potential even though the child seems bright

O Unable to finish written work in time allotted

O Ignores details of written work

O Reads excessively slowly compared to peers

O Difficulty remembering what has just been read


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