The Problem

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.

Simulation of mild diplopia (double vision) while reading

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 child using vectograms in Vision Therapy

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. Montgomery

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.