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Vision problems in Children


If you are evaluating your child for vision problems or for dyslexia that may affect their reading, you should look for the following signs while listening and watching him or her read. Remember, many vision problems are normal at certain times of a child’s development, and children usually develop at their own pace.{{more}}

Things to look for are:

1. Loss of place often when reading.
2. Poor reading comprehension.
3. Frequent omission of words.
4. Short attention span for reading.
5. Writing uphill or downhill on paper.
6. Failure to recognize the same word in the next sentence.
7. Rereading or skipping lines unknowingly.
8. Failure to visualize what is read.
9. Confusing two or more words with the same or similar beginnings.
10. Repeated confusion of the left/right directions.
11. Poor orientation of drawings on the page.
12. Quick loss of interest.

Should you notice any or all of these symptoms in your child, visit an eye doctor for a total vision exam to ensure that he or she gets off to a good start in reading.

Dr Kenneth Onu is a resident Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Beachmont Eye Institute/Eyes R Us.
Send questions to:
Tel: 784 456-1210