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Vision and Eyesight impact reading

Vision is more than just being 20/20.  More questions to ask are:
  • Are the eyes working together well?
  • Are they the same strength?
  • Are they tracking well together?
  • Are they focusing well and easily?

When reading does my student:

  • Get headaches or other physical symptoms?
  • Tilt his head or raise her shoulder?
  • Position herself so one eyes is covered?
  • Squint (one or both eyes), blink often or rub his eyes?
  • Fatigue quickly?
  • Lose his place often? (Or need to use her finger to keep her place?)
  • Hold the reading material at an odd angle, or very close?

Just as we need to be sure our students can hear the teacher clearly and see both the front of the room and the book in front of them, we also need to know if our student’s eyes have the ability to easily focus on and track print across the page.  If the eyes are jumping all over the page, or causing fatigue or headaches, reading will not be easy or fun.

If you choose to look into a vision assessment and/or vision therapy, make sure you are being counseled by a doctor who is Board Certified in Vision Development and Vision Therapy (preferably a ‘fellow’ with the initials FCOVD after their name).