Does Your Child Struggle in School? They May Have a Vision Problem

2022 | Children's Eye Care

Does Your Child Struggle in School? They May Have a Vision Problem

Many people don’t realize how much our vision affects every part of our lives. For children, this is especially true since they are still developing and growing. 

As a parent, you want your children to succeed in school. But sometimes, no matter how much you help them at home, they continue to struggle. If your child is struggling in school, it may be due to a vision problem. Unfortunately, children who exhibit some of these symptoms can be misdiagnosed with ADHD. 

Signs your child may have a learning-related vision problem 

If your child complains that their vision appears blurry or frequently squints to see, they may be nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism for which they need eyeglasses or contact lenses. There are other learning-related vision problems and symptoms, though, which are important for parents to know. Here is a list of learning-related vision problems and symptoms, with special thanks to College of Optometrists in Vision Development.  

Eye coordination problems

If your child closes or covers one eye, is only able to read for a short period, frequently rubs their eyes, and has poor reading comprehension, they may have an inability to effectively coordinate the eyes together to work well as a team. 

Eye focusing problems

If your child holds things very close to their face, complains that things look blurry, says that their eyes feel tired, experiences headaches while reading, and is only able to read for a short period, they may have an inability to focus their eyes or maintain clear focus while reading. 

Eye tracking problems

If your child moves their head excessively while reading, frequently loses their place while reading, uses their finger to keep their place, and generally has a short attention span while reading, they may have an inadequate ability to move their eyes smoothly and accurately from one point to another. 

Faulty visual memory 

If your child is a poor speller, has problems with mathematical concepts, or poor recall of materials presented visually, they may have an inability to remember and understand what they’ve seen. 

Faulty visual motor integration 

If your child has sloppy handwriting and drawing, poor copying skills, can’t stay in the lines, and has a hard time responding to questions in writing but can respond verbally, they may have the inability to process and reproduce visual images by writing or drawing due to faulty visual motor integration. 

Signs & Symptoms of Learning-Related Vision Problems


Many of these vision problems won’t be caught by a vision screening, so it’s important for parents to schedule regular eye exams for their child with a pediatric optometrist. The eye doctors at Nova Vision Center in Bailey’s Crossroads, VA have the expertise to diagnose and treat learning-related vision problems in children. If your child exhibits any of the symptoms or signs listed above, give us a call to schedule a pediatric eye exam.