Signs and Symptoms of Vision Problems

When certain visual skills have not developed, or are poorly developed, learning is difficult and stressful. A child may not tell you that he or she has a vision problem because they may think the way they see is the way everyone sees. Children will typically attempt to do the work, but with a decreased level of comprehension or efficiency.

  • Signs that may indicate a child has a vision problem include:

  • Complaints of discomfort and fatigue

  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking

  • Short attention span

  • Avoiding reading and other close activities

  • Frequent headaches

  • Covering one eye

  • Tilting the head to one side

  • Holding reading materials close to the face

  • An eye turning in or out

  • Seeing double

  • Losing place when reading

  • Difficulty remembering what he or she read

Undetected and untreated, vision problems can elicit some of the very same signs and symptoms commonly attributed to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), like hyperactivity and distractibility. Due to these similarities, children eliciting these symptoms should have a comprehensive vision exam with their optometrist to avoid misdiagnosis.

Vision Therapy is used effectively for the management of:

  • Amblyopia

  • Strabismus

  • Accommodative and vergence disorders

  • Ocular motility dysfunction

  • Developmental visual information processing disorders

  • Sports vision training

  • Myopia control where there is usually a lag of accommodation