Signs and Symptoms of a Vision Problem

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If you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself or your child, call our office to schedule an appointment.

Performance Clues
  • Avoiding near work
  • Losing place when reading
  • Omitting, inserting, or rereading words
  • Confusing similar looking words
  • Failing to recognize same word in following sentences
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Difficulty changing focus from far to near and near to far
  • Difficulty copying from the board
  • Poor handwriting
  • Writing uphill or downhill
  • Misaligning digits/columns of numbers
  • Reversing letters or words after first grade
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Performing better orally than by writing/reading
  • Difficulty judging sizes and shapes
Physical Clues
  • Red, sore, tearing, or itching eyes
  • Jerky eye movements; one eye turning in or out
  • Blurring of near or far vision, particularly after reading or other close work
  • Squinting, eye rubbing, or excessive blinking
  • Blurred or intermittent double vision
  • Headaches or nausea after reading
  • Dizziness or motion sickness
  • Head tilting or turning to use one eye
  • Closing or covering an eye while reading
  • Moving head back and forth while reading (instead of moving eyes)
  • Very close reading distance
  • Poor depth judgment
  • Poor at sports
  • Clumsiness and knocking things over
Behavior Clues
  • Smart, but struggling in school
  • Low self-esteem, poor self-image
  • Temper flare-ups, aggressiveness, emotional outbursts
  • Frequent crying, overly emotional
  • Short attention span, is quickly bored, daydreams and doesn’t pay attention
  • Easily distracted, unable to concentrate
  • Fatigue after school/work
  • Frustration, easily stressed
  • Irritability
  • Withdrawn, lacks confidence, refuses to try
  • Poor use of time
  • Forgetting things
  • Saying “I can’t” before trying something
Labels
  • Lazy
  • Dyslexic
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Slow Learner
  • Behavioral Problem
  • Working Below Potential
  • Learning Disability
  • Immature

One of these symptoms may be a sign your child has a vision problem as the root of his or her difficulties. Many of the vision problems will not be detected during a school vision screening, school physical or routine pediatric health evaluation. Schedule a binocular visual efficiency exam in our office to determine the full depth of the vision problem. If necessary, an individualized program of lenses, visual hygiene and/or vision therapy will be developed to meet your specific needs and goals.