Monroe County Children's Vision CenterA Research Based Non-Profit Corporation
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Helping Children’s Eyes Work Together
“Vision is more than 20/20” is the slogan of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Just ask their spokesman, Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald. He says, “Optometric Vision Therapy made a big difference in my life and my career. I was fortunate that my vision problems were caught early in life. Learning-related vision problems can have a serious impact on a child’s education. Don’t wait, take action today!” [Wording on a plaque available from the COVD.org web site.]Reading is fundamental to all education, and particularly for those pursuing higher education degrees or technical training.
But when reading is difficult there may be a correctible factor.
Diagnosing Binocular Vision Disorder
Symptoms that might indicate the presence of a vision disorder.
What you may notice, in yourself or a child, is that reading is somewhat difficult, concentration is a challenge, memory isn’t what you wish…
For some, letters and numbers appear to move on the page; for others a disparity in the angles of sight shows that the eyes actually focus on different parts of the page, making reading a huge challenge!
Balance may also be affected, resulting in clumsiness.
It is essential that a “Functional Vision Exam” be performed to identify BVD. Be sure to ask your child’s doctor to do this exam.
Other Symptoms of BVD
Headaches with near work
Words run together while reading
Burning, itchy, or watery eyes
Skipping/repeating lines while reading
Tilting head or closing one eye when reading
Difficulty copying from a chalkboard
Avoiding near work or reading
Omitting small words when reading
Writing uphill or downhill
Misaligning digits/columns of number
Poor reading comprehension
Holding books or near work very close to eyes
Short attention span with near work
Difficult completing assignments on time
Saying “I can’t” before trying something
Clumsiness and knocking things over
Poor use of time
Losing belongings or misplacing things