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Does your child hate reading?

So reading is not your child’s favorite thing to do?  Ok, it is one of their least favorite things to do. Actually it’s like pulling teeth and your child hates reading, and you, the parent, are faced with a dilemma. Your child is struggling and you want answers.
You have likely already talked with your child’s teachers and started extra tutorial programs. But what if that is still not working? Now you are beginning to wonder what is going on and you suspect it may be due to their eyes. Could it be a vision problem?  No, it can’t be because the school said your child passed the vision screening with a perfect score of 20/20, and your pediatrician found the same. You are puzzled.  
It is common for even a bright child, in the first few years of elementary school, to struggle in reading. Parents are puzzled because it appears that the child is trying his best. Most children want to succeed and please their parents. Most want to do well and feel that sense of accomplishment. 
At times it becomes apparent if the child seems to lose his place frequently and needs to use his finger to follow the lines. Other symptoms of headaches, eye fatigue and even motion sickness may occur.
What’s the Diagnosis? The vision condition has a medical diagnosis that affects about 1 in 5 children, however, the medical diagnoses names, Convergence Insufficiency and Accommodative Disorder don’t communicate what it feels like to have this problem. For these children, words seem to move on the page or may look double or blurred. They may have difficulty following the print across the page. They may insert or skip words or lines. Wouldn’t my child tell me they are seeing like that?  Children think that what they see is the same as everyone else does. 
Most Americans are not aware of how these relatively common vision problems tragically affect 2-3 children in every classroom.  What is worse is that most medical doctors don’t know how to diagnose or treat these problems.
Millions of children struggle with a vision related reading and learning problem, but despite having a medical diagnosis, research, or authoritative position papers, the seriousness of the problem remains hidden behind technical jargon. 
Those who have an undetected vision related reading and learning problem will continue to struggle in life’s reading and learning challenges because they were never diagnosed properly. 
What’s the Treatment?  This condition is treatable with office-based Optometric Vision Therapy, which is backed by evidence-based research.  This solution requires a comprehensive vision examination by a doctor who looks for, identifies, and performs the necessary tests to find these problems. 
Dr. Roth. OD, FCOVD, is a Board Certified Developmental Optometrist, certified in Vision Development and Vision Therapy.  As part of his full scope practice, he diagnoses and treats patients of all ages who have had vision problems that ultimately affect learning.  He is available to speak to parent groups. Dr Roth, Lic#  4635 OM# 27OM0005600, practices at Family Eye Care, in Old Bridge and may be reached at 1-732-679-2020. Please visit www.NJBeyond2020.com.