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Some learning and reading problems may stem from a learning-related vision problem.  Any of the following symptoms may indicate that vision is interfering with your child’s learning.

The Myth of 20/20 Eyesight

The term “20/20 eyesight” describes a child’s ability to read small letters at certain distances. It describes the ability to see while reading, copying from a school board, or driving. However, 20/20 eyesight never tells you if a child can:

• See clearly all day long
• Focus back and forth from the schoolboard to a book
• See single rather than double
• Read without getting a headache
• Follow words on a page without losing one’s place
• Read without becoming tired

Unfortunately, eye teaming, focusing, and tracking skills often are not assessed when children are examined in school screenings. Do not be misled by believing that 20/20 eyesight alone is all your child needs to reach his or her full potential.

If you or your child experiences any of the following signs or symptoms, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Massucci, one of Wexford’s leading developmental optometrists, to determine if your child is struggling with a learning-related vision problem.

Physical Clues

• One eye turning in or out
• Squinting, eye rubbing
• Excessive blinking
• Blurred or double vision
• Dizziness or nausea after reading
• Head tilting, closing or covering an eye

Performance Clues

• Avoidance of near work (close distance)
• Frequent loss of place
• Omits, inserts, or rereads words
• Poor reading comprehension
• Letter or word reversals
• Difficulty copying from the school board
• Poor handwriting
• Inconsistent or poor sports performance

Secondary Symptoms

• Smart in everything but school
• Low self-esteem, poor self-image
• Temper flare-ups, aggressiveness
• Short attention span and day-dreaming
• Fatigue, frustration, stress
• Irritability
• Takes an excessive amount of time to complete homework