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Does My Child Have a Vision Problem?

Perfect vision does not simply mean that your child can see 20/20. Vision is the ability to take in visual information, process it, and understand what it means. It includes eyesight, tracking objects, how well the eyes work together, and focus. It includes color vision, depth perception, and peripheral vision. The standard eye chart in the doctor's office, or the school's routine vision screening only tests how well a child can recognize a black letter against a white background from 20 feet away. This is only the tip of the iceberg.

A child with 20/20 vision could still have a vision problem if she:

•· Has eyes that shake or wander randomly

•· Has eyes that are not able to follow objects

•· Has pupils that seem too big or too small

•· Has cloudy pupils

•· Has crossed eyes

•· Rubs he eyes frequently

•· Does not seem to be able to focus

•· Turns or tilts her head when trying to see details

•· Covers or closes one eye when looking at details

•· Avoids close work or tires after close work

•· Can see better during the day than at night

•· Complains that her eyes are tired

•· Squints

•· Sits very close to the television

•· Seems clumsy

(Taken and adapted from the Center for Partially Sighted Children, www.low-vision.org)

If you suspect that your child may have a problem with vision, you can request a Functional Vision Assessment from your child's school. A Functional Vision Assessment examines how well a child can see and how well a child can use that sight. It is done by a vision specialist. This can be a teacher that is certified in the area of visual impairment and is trained to evaluate how well a child can use vision.

If you feel that your child may have a vision impairment or may need a vision assessment, please contact our office.

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1 Comment

I am a developmental optometrist with a master's in education and am continually perplexed by the intermixing of vision impairment and vision therapy related learning problems. They are separable prpblems and require different assessment methods. By definition, I believe, to received a FVA, one must have a visual impairment (defined by VA's and/or peripheral vision). A FVA then has no place when assessing a non-visually impaired child's vision therapy needs. Why does this confusion still exist?

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