Could Your Child Have an Undiagnosed Vision Problem?

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Does your child have trouble staying on task?  Dislike reading?  Struggle in school? If so, s/he may have an undiagnosed vision problem.

Many people are surprised to learn that a child can pass a school vision screening and still have an issue that affects school performance?   Uncorrected vision problems can lead to trouble with learning, behavior, and self-esteem, so early examination by a doctor qualified and equipped to evaluate children is critical.

Before starting school, children use their eyes mostly for seeing things at a distance. In school, however, they need to focus up close.   Children with vision problems think everyone sees the same way, so they rarely report difficulty.   They don’t realize that consistent loss of place when reading, loss of concentration, intermittent blurriness, headaches, and eye strain all are symptoms of vision problems.

One mother relayed her child’s story this way:

“My daughter struggled to be an average student. When she was in the 6th grade, her teacher suggested that I have her eyes examined.   I’ll never forget the day she got her glasses.  She put them on and ran across the room to the window shouting, ‘I can see!’   She looked out the window and said, ‘Mama!   There are trees over there!‘  It broke my heart to think of how many years she had struggled all because the child simply couldn’t see, and I didn’t know it!”

When was the last time your child’s eyes were examined by a professional?


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