It is recommended that you schedule an appointment for a Functional Vision Evaluation. There are 3 or more symptoms that could be due to an underlying vision disorder.
While you or your child do not appear to have many of the above signs, if you or your child have attention problems, struggle with reading, an eye turn (Strabismus) or a lazy eye (Amblyopia) we recommend you schedule a Functional Vision Evaluation.
If your child is doing fine, it is recommended that school-age children have a routine eye exam by an optometrist once a year.
Vision Therapy can help patients of all ages, with a variety of diagnoses and symptoms including convergence insufficiency, strabismus (eye(s) turn), amblyopia (lazy eye(s)), autism spectrum, sensory processing disorder, myopia progression, and dizziness. Therapy can relieve visual symptoms post-concussion or traumatic brain injury, and can develop visual skills to support academics and sports vision.
Most children think that everyone sees the same way they do, so it is important for parents to know the signs and symptoms of some of the more common vision problems. There are physical clues that point to possible vision disorders, but surprisingly, many of the symptoms that would indicate a person is having vision problems seem entirely unrelated to vision. Yet, these symptoms are manifested as a direct result of a vision dysfunction. For an in-depth symptoms checklist, click here.
If you recognize any of the below symptoms in yourself or your child, please call our office to schedule an appointment:
Avoidance of "near" work
Frequent loss of place when reading
Omitting, inserting, or rereading words in a paragraph
Confusing similar looking words
Poor reading comprehension
Difficulty copying from the chalkboard
Poor handwriting, misaligns numbers
Letter or word reversals after first grade
Difficulty following directions
Red, sore, tearing, or itching eyes
Jerky eye movements, one eye turning in or out
Squinting, eye rubbing, or excessive blinking
Headaches, dizziness, or nausea after reading
Exaggerated head movement when reading
Reads at a very close distance
Inconsistent or poor at sports
Smart, but struggling in school
Low self-esteem, poor self image
Temper flare-ups, aggressiveness
Frequent crying, overly emotional
Short attention span
Easily distracted, can’t concentrate
Fatigue after school / work
Unexplained frustration, stress
Irritability, emotional outbursts
Withdrawn, lacks confidence, won’t try
Perceived as lazy
Attention Deficit Disorder
Working Below Potential
Even one of these symptoms can be a sign that a vision problem may be at the root of the difficulties. By scheduling a Functional Vision Evaluation, we will be able to determine the full depth of the vision problem.
If you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself or your child, call our office to schedule an appointment.
Monday: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 2:30 PM - 6:15 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Holiday Hours: Closed Federal Holidays
Please call or leave us a message at (973) 804-6565.
Vision Development Center of NJ
Sari R. Schwartz, OD, FCOVD, FAAO
225 Millburn Avenue, Suite 208 B
Millburn, NJ 07041
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