Conditions + Treatments

Vision Therapy Tests & Diagnostics in Children

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Diagnosing vision problems

Regular eye exams offer an important safeguard for your child’s eye health. They can often spot early signs of disease, as well as test your child’s visual acuity (sharpness of vision). But they don’t test all aspects of vision, which means certain problems might go undetected until your child begins having symptoms. These may include:

  • headache
  • double vision
  • rubbing or closing an eye
  • eye strain/eye fatigue with close work (for example, reading, writing or computer work)
  • blurry distance vision after prolonged close work
  • losing place while reading
  • re-reading lines and/or losing concentration when reading
  • words or letters seem to “jump around” on the page

These symptoms are common in children who are referred for vision therapy. If your child’s doctor has ruled out other medical conditions and confirms normal eye exam results, he may refer your child to an optometrist who specializes in vision therapy. 

A comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist can last up to an hour and includes a number of tests of eye teaming, focusing, eye movements, fine-motor and visual-motor and/or visual-perceptual skills. At the end of the exam, the optometrist will give you a detailed assessment of your child’s vision, and identify any problems that might benefit from vision therapy.

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