The symptoms of learning vision problems may be many. If your kid displays one or several of the symptoms, they may have a learning vision problem. In order to identify whether your kid has such a problem, it is best to see an ophthalmologist specializing in kids’ vision and problems related to learning. This will help in comprehensive evaluation. In case there is no problem detected, it may be likely that the problems faced by your kid are a learning disability, dyslexia or types of non-visual dysfunction. In this case, you should see an educational expert for evaluation. Here are the symptoms of learning vision problems:

  • Eye strain or headaches
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Eyes moving autonomously on their own (strabismus) or crossed eyes
  • Dislike or avoiding of close work or reading
  • Lack of attention in vision related acts
  • Tilting or turning head for using a single eye, covering or closing an eye
  • Placing the head near the desk or book during writing and reading
  • Too much rubbing or eyes or blinking
  • Using fingers during reading or losing place
  • Slow reading speed, poor comprehension
  • Problem remembering what is read
  • Repeating, omitting words and confusion of similar words
  • Constant reversal of letters and words especially after grade II
  • Problem remembering, reproducing or identifying shapes
  • Eye hand coordination
  • Developmental immaturity

Treatment Options for Learning Vision Problems

If the child is diagnosed with learning vision problems, treatment options may include doctor supervised or individual vision therapy programs. Special kinds of eye glasses may also be prescribed for full time wearing or completing specific tasks like reading.

If your kid receives special education or learning disability services, see the eye doctor for requesting them to get in touch with the teacher or professionals who are a part of the remedial activities like IEP or Individualized Education Program. Often, it has been observed that the remedial measures can be punched together for a collaborative effort for addressing the learning disabilities of your kid. This is often considered as the best approach.

You should also note that kids having learning difficulties can experience emotional trauma like low self confidence, anxiety and depression. In this case, you must be there beside them to reassure the kid that learning vision problems and learning problems do not indicate a person’s intelligence, as most have above average IQ levels.

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