3 Things your child won't tell you about their vision.
When I was in elementary I was a terrible reader. I was put in a special reading class to learn how to focus on understanding content. Many kids today are in the same boat, but what you may not know is that it could be their eyes that are the problem.
Here is a quick list of 3 things your child won't tell you about their vision:
1) Double vision: This is a common problem that can be caused by several factors. Its easy to notice if your kids eye is wandering or crosses, but sometimes it is more subtle and can only be diagnosed by an eye care professional.
2) Intermittent blurry vision: Kids have strong visual systems, which is great unless your system is too strong. Symptoms include headaches and eyestrain with little or no desire to read a book. This one is often missed on traditional school screenings, which only test distance vision. Though, new legislature is recognizing the need to test near vision.
3) Tired eyes: Kids will feel fatigued easily when reading and words may seem to jump around on the page.
Thanks to my reading teacher and others along the way (including my optometrist), I did well in school and eventually tutored university students in ESL and college reading. It was at the Reading Center where I worked that I realized how much reading and vision can make a difference. And that is why I am an optometrist today!
Nick Gubler, OD
Mid-Columbia Eyecare Center
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