Most people think having ‘good vision’ means seeing 20/20. Being able to read the eye chart is actually only a small part of having great functional vision. Vision is more than 20/20!
Some of the more obvious conditions affecting children and adults are an eye turn (strabismus) or lazy eye (amblyopia). In the majority of these cases, there isn’t a problem in the eye muscles themselves. Because of this, vision therapy is a great permanent alternative to surgery.
Some less obvious eye tracking conditions can be a little harder to be picked up on with a regular eye exam. Issues with eye teaming and eye tracking can show up in sports, balance, the classroom, and many times as behavior and attention issues. Sometimes these behaviors manifest as inattention, frustration with reading, and even anger that can resemble ADHD, ADD, or even dyslexia-like symptoms.
Our eyes must be able to make important eye movements when reading and following a target. On top of that, both eyes must be working together to be able to send the correct visual information to our brains. Then, our brain must process the information appropriately and spit it back out. If there is any breakdown in that pathway, it can affect our processing and comprehension.
This can result in:
reading below grade level
trouble focusing on a specific task
getting lost on the page when reading
words moving on the page
reversing letters and numbers after the 1st grade
difficulty copying from the board but easier when copying side by side
tires easily when reading
may appear extra clumsy
does not function well under timed tests
swinging/attempting to catch before or after the ball in sport
blurred vision at distance after screen time
We can have ‘perfect’ eyesight but still experience symptoms because the problem sometimes isn’t in the eye or the eye muscles; it’s in the way the eyes and the brain communicate.
If you think you or your child may be suffering from an undiagnosed vision problem affecting learning, balance, or your daily life activities, please contact our office today to schedule an evaluation.