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, 75% 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  Click here to take the interactive form of the survey. There 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

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.