Identifying a Vision Problem With Your Child
Suppose your child sees 20/20, but struggles with reading and homework. Maybe your child isn’t doing as well in school as you know they can do. You feel like there’s something else going on. We can help you help your child.
After a comprehensive children’s eye exam, if we see signs or symptoms of a learning-related vision problem, our eye doctors will perform additional tests during a developmental vision exam that can quickly and easily pinpoint specific vision problems.
“My child is bright, but he’s not keeping up with his peers academically.”
“Nightly homework is such a struggle at our house.”
If you or your child are experiencing visual processing difficulties, we may recommend a course of vision therapy to help correct them.
As well, you may be interested in reading “The Struggling Student” to help understand a child’s struggles and the signs of vision problems.
Diagnosing a Learning-Related Vision Problem
First, we do a thorough eye exam, and then, if we detect more vision issues, we do a Developmental Vision Evaluation (DVE). A DVE evaluates eye tracking, eye teaming, eye focusing, visual perception, and dyslexia, among other things.
Once we identify the problem, we will prescribe an individual treatment plan of office-based vision therapy for your child.
Common Visual Errors
- Strabismus (eye misalignment, crossed eyes)
- Amblyopia (also known as “lazy eye”)
- Convergence insufficiency (eyes don’t turn inward when reading as they should)
- Eye muscle weakness
- Interruptions in processing, due to neurological injury or ailment
- Struggling in school and with homework due to visual impairment
- Rereading the same sentence, trouble memorizing due to visual impairment
Common Signs of Visual Errors
- Holding things like books too close
- Closing or covering one eye
- Rubbing eyes (eye fatigue)
- Occasionally seeing double
- Losing place, skipping lines when reading
- Mistaking words with similar beginnings
- Difficulty finding differences in size, shape, or form
How Vision Problems Can Affect A Child’s Learning
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), 25% of all children, or 1 in 4 students, have a vision problem significant enough to impact their learning.
A vision-related learning problem– often called a “hidden disability”– can have the signs, symptoms, and behaviors associated with reading problems such as dyslexia or attention deficit disorders such as ADD/ADHD. That’s why a vision problem should be ruled out first for any child who is exhibiting signs and symptoms of an attention problem.
How Vision Therapy Works
Once we understand what’s causing your child’s visual processing error, our optometrist can prescribe visual learning activities as part of a custom vision therapy plan. Eye coordination and focusing problems are treatable.
Vision therapy is an office-based treatment program which works to improve how your child’s eyes work together and how your child interprets visual information.
You can help your child reach their full vision potential and get the most out of school, sports, and life with vision therapy! Please see how other parents have helped their children and adolescents by viewing the videos below.
See Us For Yourself
Find us on College Parkway between Winkler Road and Premiere Boulevard. We’re located east of the Cape Coral bridge. We serve Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Lehigh, and surrounding areas.
- 8801 College Parkway Suite 3
- Fort Myers, FL 33919
- Phone: 239.437.2004
- Monday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
- Tuesday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
- Wednesday: 1:00pm – 8:30pm
- Thursday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
- Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed