Don’t Let Vision Problems Go Undiagnosed
Unfortunately, many children with undiagnosed vision problems can be diagnosed with a learning disability instead. They then get treated for a condition they don’t have, while their vision remains uncorrected. Up to 80 percent of a child’s learning is done visually, so an undiagnosed vision problem is a serious obstacle to their education and development.
The reason vision problems are often misdiagnosed as learning disabilities is that they have many symptoms in common. Imagine having an eye condition that makes it physically uncomfortable to look at words on a page. You’d be fidgety and have trouble concentrating too! Children don’t know how eyesight is supposed to work, so they can’t usually tell their parents and teachers what’s wrong, which makes it even easier to miss the problem.
All of this is why it’s crucial to watch for symptoms such as crossed eyes, a lazy eye, or eyes turned outward, difficulty with reading comprehension, difficulty finishing schoolwork, a short attention span (especially for up-close work), fidgety behavior, frequent headaches, a tendency to cover one eye, and frequent blinking or rubbing of the eyes.
Let’s Get Your Child On Track To Healthy Vision!
We want to make sure no vision problems go undiagnosed for our patients’ children, because we want them to have the visual skills they need to reach their full potential as they grow up! Whether or not you suspect they may have a vision problem, schedule your child’s eye exam!