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Most children have no idea how they are supposed to see and rarely complain. The way they tell you they have a problem is with their behavior. Therefore, it is vital that you know the signs that a vision problem is interfering with your child’s ability to read, learn, play or perform other activities in daily life.



There are more than 15 visual skills required for reading and learning, including the ability to point the eyes together, to focus the eyes, to move across the page properly. These skills are often not tested in most vision screenings. Passing a vision screening which tests only distance vision leads parents to believe incorrectly that nothing is wrong. Distance vision (seeing 20/20) is just one of these visual skills.

If any of these visual skills are not working properly, it can make reading and learning an unnecessary challenge. Some children develop behavior problems, while others avoid reading or simply refuse to read. Usually the child is bright, causing parents to be confused by the child's difficulties. Parents and teachers often mistakenly think the child is hyperactive, lazy, slow, learning challenged, etc., because the symptoms are very similar with those of certain types of vision problems. In addition, many of these signs can easily be mistaken as learning disabilities or attention problems such as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).

If your child has any of the signs on the checklist below, call our office to schedule an appointment today.
Look over this symptom checklist to see how many signs your child has:

Vision Problem Symptom Checklist

  • Signs of a Vision Problem
    Frequency
  • Blur when looking up close
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Double vision
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Headaches working up close
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Falls asleep when reading
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Poor reading comprehension
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Skips/repeats words/lines when reading
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Loses place reading or copying
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Uses finger as a pointer
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Tilts head/closes one eye when reading
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Avoids near work/reading
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Print appears to move when reading
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Labeled "lazy", "slow learner", "AD(H)D" or "behavior problem"
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Misaligns digits or columns of numbers
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Dizziness/nausea with near work
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Excessive blinking/rubbing eyes
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Poor/inconsistent in sports
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Holds reading material too close
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Trouble keeping attention on reading
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Difficulty completing assignments on time
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Avoids sports or games
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Poor handwriting
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Difficulty copying from chalkboard
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Clumsy/knocks things over
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Car/motion sickness
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Sees worse at the end of the day
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
  • Homework takes forever
    Never
    Sometimes
    Often
Your Results
Symptoms with "Often": 0
Symptoms with "Sometimes": 0
Symptoms with "Never": 0
Your Results

While your child does not appear to have many of the above signs, if your child has attention problems, struggles with reading, has an eye turn (Strabismus) or a lazy eye (Amblyopia) we recommend you schedule a developmental vision evaluation.

If your child is doing fine, it is recommended that school-age children have a routine eye exam by an optometrist once a year.

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