Binocular Vision Disorder"The Hidden Disability"
Binocular Vision Disorder is often called “The Hidden Disability” because it goes unrecognized.
The person who is affected isn’t aware that their eyes aren’t working together properly – especially if they have perfect acuity. They have always seen this way!
Impaired vision can affect anyone’s self-esteem and morale, and can lead some to become discouraged and quite.
Alarmingly, 70% of juvenile delinquents suffer from binocular vision disorder.
Diagnosing Binocular Vision Disorder
Symptoms that might indicate the presence of a vision disorder.
If you are an adult or parent and feel you may have BVD, read through the following symptoms taken from the Quality of Life survey on COVD.org. Click here to take the interactive form of the survey. There you can also find a locator for Developmental Optometrists across the country.
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
Awareness and testing reveal a variety of conditions.
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.