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Does your Child Have a Vision Problem? Here are 20 Signs to Look Out For

Does your Child Have a Vision Problem640x350A vision problem will directly impact a child’s performance in the classroom and on the sports field.  It with then negatively affecting self-esteem and confidence levels. An estimated 80% of learning is vision based.  Vision is so much more than just eyeglasses and refractive condition (nearsighted, farsighted, astigmatism.  Vision is crucial in making the difference between the game-winning catch versus watching the opposing team score runs.

One in four (25%) children have an vision problem that is preventing them from succeeding in school and sports. If your child is struggling in school to keep up with their peers in the classroom or on the sports field, they may very well have certain visual skills that are not well developed. Any of the following 20 signs may indicate that your child has a vision problem.

20 Signs of Child May Have a Vision Problem

  1. Blurred vision
  2. Double vision
  3. Headaches
  4. Eye strain or fatigue
  5. Sensitivity to bright light
  6. Excessive blinking or squinting
  7. Drifting or turning of one eye
  8. Poor eye-hand coordination
  9. Misjudging distances while moving in space
  10. Frequently falling or bumping into objects
  11. Difficulty maintaining attention
  12. Closing one eye while reading
  13. Turning or tilting head while reading
  14. Reduced reading speed or fluency
  15. Difficulty with reading comprehension
  16. Skipping words or lines of text while reading
  17. Losing place while reading
  18. Seeing words floating on the page
  19. Bringing text close to or far away from eyes to improve clarity
  20. Difficulty copying text

You, the parent, know your child the best and are his / her most important advocate.  You can make the difference in helping your child by looking for these symptoms because that is the first step in identifying a vision problem. The next step is to visit our office.  We are here to assess not only eye health and eyeglass issues, but at times, more importantly, your child’s functional vision. We cab identify and remedy these under-developed visual skill through the process of Vision Therapy.  We are now in the throws of the Olympics.  In the same way athletes can develop sports skills, children (and adults) can develop the visual skills needed for school success.

How Can Vision Therapy Help?

Vision Therapy is an individualized and specialized program to improve the connection between the eye and the brain.  The eye sends information to the brain and the brain then sends information to the eyes so it can then collect more information.  This is called a feedback loop.   This connection is crucial for academic and athletic success.

Each Vision Therapy program is customized for the individual.   The "coaching" includes the use of lenses, prisms, occluders, filters, computer programs, and other equipment.

If these symptoms describe your child , it is incumbent on you to help your child.  The first step is to call our office and schedule an appointment for a comprehensive vision evaluation.  We are located in Old Bridge, NJ.

Family Eye Care serves patients from Old Bridge, East Brunswick, Woodbridge, and Edison, all throughout New Jersey.

 

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Moshe Roth

Q: Isn't 20/20 Vision Good Enough?

  • A: Vision involves a lot more than just how clearly you can see from a distance of 20 feet. There are 17 visual skills that are absolutely essential for success in reading, writing, math, and even athletics. A problem with any of these visual skills can cause poor academic and athletic performance.A comprehensive eye exam is the best way to rule out any vision problems that may be getting in the way of your child's success.

Q: Why Are Comprehensive Eye Exams Important?

  • A: Basic vision screenings conducted at schools or by pediatricians may detect a distance vision problem, but they cannot detect other vision problems that can interfere with learning. During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team, and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.

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