Do they see double?
Some 20% of the population suffer from convergence insufficiency, when it is difficult to turn your eyes in enough to line up together on a near target.
A surprising number of children will admit to this if asked directly. They do not realise that this isn’t normal because it’s always been there for them. In the consulting room many parents don’t actually believe their child because it’s so hard to believe that they never noticed it before!
Do they complain of headaches?
Headaches for functional eye problems usually begin after 10-15 minutes of reading or close work (reading, writing, computer, tablets, playing on a phone etc)
Does their vision fluctuate / become clear then goes fuzzy again?
Do they report finding it difficult to see the whiteboard?
Do they screw their eyes up when watching TV? Do they edge closer and closer?
Do they get accused of daydreaming at school because they are staring out of the window?
Do they complain that words move on the page when reading?
Are they a painfully slow reader?
Do they spend an excessively long time doing simple homework tasks and does homework seem to cause an unnecessary amount of stress?
Do you know your child knows his stuff but then struggles on written tests, misreading questions and making silly mistakes?
Do they complain of discomfort when reading?
Do they have low self-esteem? A child with a functional vision problem doesn’t understand why things are so hard for them. They often think their classmates are smarter because they read faster, get better marks, can pay attention better and may not have to study as much.
At TKS we offer a full binocular vision assessment. This examination takes around ninety minutes and investigates every aspect of your child’s functional vision. We can advise on how best to support and help them with spectacles or contact lenses if required, and / or vision therapy.
What is vision therapy?
Vision therapy is like physiotherapy for the visual system, including the eyes and the parts of the brain that control vision. Vision therapy is customised for each person and can include the use of lenses, prisms, filters, and pieces of equipment. A successful vision therapy outcome depends on the active engagement the child and their parent/s as much as the expertise of the optometrist.
What does it involve?
Vision therapy sessions are booked in blocks of six 30-minute appointments spaced at two-week intervals. The sixth session in each block is slightly longer as some of the original examinations will be repeated to assess how much improvement in binocular function has taken place.
Some problems will be resolved within six sessions while others may require 12 or 18 and a few will require substantially more.
The goal is always to help the child achieve clear, comfortable binocular vision and reduce the eye strain which can act as impediment to reading and learning.