Do you know a child having trouble in school and suspect a vision issue? “I can’t see the board” is typically not the complaint we hear most. Most kids don’t understand their symptoms. Here are some common problems we encounter:
-Headaches with homework
-Loses place when reading
-Feels sleepy or eyes are tired after short periods of homework
-Cannot copy well from board.
If you suspect these issues, it’s likely the child has a binocular vision condition. While glasses help focus light in our eyes, if the eyes don’t work together, the brain will not be able to have a clear image of what we’re seeing.
Eye coordination issues and accommodation (focusing) issues are the two most common culprits in these cases.
What’s the Solution?
A good place to start is a comprehensive binocular evaluation by a certified Optometrist. Dr. Montgomery is the only optometrist in Paducah, KY that is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).
In addition to binocular testing, Dr. Montgomery may test the child’s visual perceptual skills. With a clear picture of the issue, we can develop a plan to address the underlying condition, often times with Vision Therapy or a special prescription.
Good reading sets the foundation for a child’s life. Don’t let these issues go undetected!
Dr. Canaan Montgomery is an eye doctor in Paducah, KY. As an optometrist in Paducah, he focuses on children’s vision and development, Vision Therapy, and Ocular Disease.