The College of Optometrists in Vision Development asks that parents and teachers look for the following signs FIRST when a child is struggling academically, behaviorally or in sports. If the response to one or more of the following is “yes,” the child may have a correctable vision problem.

 

 

Physical Signs

 

  One eye turning in or out

 

  Squinting, eye rubbing or excessive blinking

 

  Blurred or double vision

 

  Headaches or dizziness after reading

 

  Head tilting, closing or blocking one eye when reading

 

 

Labeled

 

  Lazy

 

  Dyslexic

 

  Attention Deficit Disorder

 

  Slow learner

 

  Behavioral problem

 

  Working below potential

 

 

Performance Signs

 

  Avoids “near” work

 

  Frequent loss of place when reading

 

  Omits, inserts, or rereads letters/words

 

  Confuses similar looking words

 

  Failure to recognize the same word in the next

    sentence

 

  Poor reading comprehension

 

  Letter or word reversals after the first grade

 

  Difficulty copying from the chalkboard

 

  Poor handwriting; misaligns numbers

 

  Book held too close to the eyes

 

 

Secondary Symptoms

 

  Smart in everything but school

 

  Low self-esteem, poor self image

 

  Temper flare-ups, aggressiveness

 

  Short attention span

 

  Fatigue, frustration, stress

 

  Irritability

 

 

View Calgary Vision Therapy's Symptom Checklist designed to give parents and teachers a measurable chart of different symptoms that in conjunction with one another reliable suggests a visual dysfunction that can be contributing to an individual's learning difficulty.

 

 

 

Calgary Vision Therapy

Dr. Brent W. Neufeld, Optometrist

info@calgaryvisiontherapy.com

403-242-1800

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