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  • Do you, or your child, have a vision problem?

  • Vision problems - what are they?

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    Here are some signs and symptoms to look for that may indicate a vision problem. (courtesy of COVD)http://www.covd.org/?page=Symptoms

    Physical signs or symptoms of a vision problem

    • Frequent headaches or eye strain
    • Blurring of distance or near vision, particularly after reading or other close work
    • Avoidance of close work or other visually demanding tasks
    • Poor judgment of depth
    • Turning of an eye in or out, up or down
    • Tendency to cover or close one eye, or favor the vision in one eye
    • Double vision
    • Poor hand-eye coordination
    • Difficulty following a moving target
    • Dizziness or motion sickness

     Performance problems

    • Poor reading comprehension
    • Difficulty copying from one place to another
    • Loss of place, repetition, and/or omission of words while reading
    • Difficulty changing focus from distance to near and back
    • Poor posture when reading or writing
    • Poor handwriting
    • Can respond orally but can't get the same information down on paper
    • Letter and word reversals
    • Difficulty judging sizes and shapes

     How to Identify a "Vision" Problem

    Children should be referred for a comprehensive eye exam whenever visual symptoms are noticed or if they are not achieving their potential. Many of these vision problems will not be detected during a school vision screening or limited vision assessment as part of a school physical or routine pediatric health evaluation. 

    Identifying possible vision problems from the symptoms:-


    -Complains of blurred vision
    -Rubs eyes frequently


    Possible Vision Problems: Nearsightedness, Farsightedness, or Astigmatism (inability to see clearly in the distance or up close)


    - Closes or covers one eye
    - Occasionally sees double
    - Rubs eyes frequently
    - Able to read for only a short time

    - Poor reading comprehension

    Possible Vision ProblemsEye coordination problems (inability to coordinate the eyes together effectively)


    - Holds things very close
    - Complains of blurred vision
    - Poor reading comprehension
    - Says eyes are tired
    - Able to read for only a short time
    - Has headaches when reading

    Possible Vision ProblemsEye focusing problems (inability to easily refocus eyes or maintain clear focus)


    - Moves head excessively when reading
    - Frequently loses place, skips lines when reading
    - Uses finger to keep place
    - Poor reading comprehension

    - Short attention span

    Possible Vision Problems: Eye tracking problems (inadequate ability to smoothly and accurately move the eyes from one point to another)


    - Mistakes words with similar beginnings
    - Difficulty recognizing letters, words, or simple shapes and forms
    - Can't distinguish the main idea from insignificant details
    - Trouble learning basic math concepts of size, magnitude, and position

    Possible Vision Problems: Faulty visual form perception (inability to discriminate differences in size, shape, or form)


    - Trouble visualizing what is read- Poor reading comprehension
    - Poor speller
    - Trouble with mathematical concepts
    - Poor recall of visually presented material

    Possible Vision Problems: Faulty visual memory (inability to remember and understand what is seen)


    - Sloppy handwriting and drawing
    - Can't stay on lines
    - Poor copying skills
    - Can respond orally but not in writing

    Possible Vision Problems: Faulty visual motor integration (inability to process and reproduce visual mages by writing or drawing)


    - Trouble learning right and left
    - Reverses letters and words
    - Trouble writing and remembering letters and numbers

    Possible Vision Problems: Difficulty with laterality and directionality (Poor development of left/right awareness)