That was a question that I asked Maxine (Starjump) when she first assessed my daughter. It was also then that I learnt so much more about vision i.e. eyes may not have a distance reading problem but whatever the eyes see may not necessarily be seen by the brain in the same manner or come out as we expect. As discovering this was also the major turning point of my daughter’s life, I hope that sharing whatever I know over here can serve to educate more parents about vision therapy and how difficult it is for kids to learn when their vision is not functioning properly.
The tell-tale signs that my girl had which were vision-related but not diagnosed as so were:
– reading and writing. Despite years of teaching and use of the various techniques that I could grab hold of, she still could not spell a word beyond ‘cat’ and ‘dog’ or write a simple sentence for 11 years!
– bad handwriting. Even if you helped her with her homework and spelt out word-for-word to her and all she has to do is write it down she still couldn’t space out her letters. They were all written with no spacing in between.
– she was never interested in jig-saws, could not do modelling designs using coloured pegs or anything that required her to use her eyes to focus.
– when she did manage to read or try to do some reading, she needed to use her fingers to guide her through else she would either miss a word or miss a line.
– if you gave her a piece of paper unlined and had her write you a sentence, you can see the letters going up and/or downhill but never straight.
– you ask her to look at something in the distance and she will either never get it or take ages and many, many descriptions to locate the object etc etc
These were her problems and your child’s could be different but if you find your child struggling in her studies, vision may be one of the few things that you want to look at. Let’s try to eliminate the issues before we accuse the child of being lazy, careless, playful or whatever other label that we can think off.
For more info, visit these websites: Vision and Learningor Eye Can Learn
You can also read Fixing My Gaze where Sue Barry for the first time in her life @ 50 years old saw things in 3-D! Seeing Through New Eyes is also another book in my collection and I am now reading Dear Jillian which I have just received with compliments from Sun Time Vision Specialist.