Monroe County Children's Vision Center

A Research Based Non-Profit Corporation

Helping Children’s Eyes Work Together

SeeSmart Monroe County Children's Vision Center Boy with Graduation Cap and Magnifying Glass in Front of Eye - Binocular Vision Disorder“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.

SeeSmart Monroe County Children's Vision Center Boy Reading - Binocular Vision DisorderWhat 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

If you are an adult or parent, read through the following BVD symptoms taken from the Quality of Life survey on COVD.org.  Click here to take the interactive form of the survey. While on the COVD website, you can also find a locator for Developmental Optometrists across the country.

question-markHeadaches with near work

question-markWords run together while reading

question-markBurning, itchy, or watery eyes

question-markSkipping/repeating lines while reading

question-markTilting head or closing one eye when reading

question-markDifficulty copying from a chalkboard

question-markAvoiding near work or reading

question-markOmitting small words when reading

question-markWriting uphill or downhill

question-markMisaligning digits/columns of number

question-markPoor reading comprehension

question-markHolding books or near work very close to eyes

question-markShort attention span with near work

question-markDifficult completing assignments on time

question-markSaying “I can’t” before trying something

question-markClumsiness and knocking things over

question-markPoor use of time

question-markLosing belongings or misplacing things

question-markForgetting things