One of the most common questions asked at an Austin vision center is whether or not a child needs vision therapy. Of course, vision therapy is individualized and each plan will be tailored to a child’s specific vision problem or problems, but there are some symptoms, both conspicuous and subtle, that parents can detect on their own. Below are some signs to look out for that could mean your child could benefit from vision care in Austin.
Watch as your child reads and does homework or schoolwork. If he or she is easily frustrated, takes an inordinate amount of time to complete assignments, or displays a short attention span during these tasks, they could benefit from vision therapy. Poor reading ability including skipping or repeating lines of text are other indicators.
The American Academy of Optometry also suggests that children who confuse similar letters like “b” and “d” or “p” and “q” while reading and writing could be displaying signs of vision problems. Pediatric eye care specialists suggest that other indicators of vision problems that could be addressed through vision therapy include poor handwriting, blurry vision, headaches, and even abnormal mood swings. Good vision is vital in success at school and other aspects of life and frustration can lead to disruptive and unpredictable behavior.
Vision therapy can be used to address several common vision problems including double vision, lazy eye (amblyopia), convergence insufficiency, crossed eyes, irregular eye alignment (strabismus), and other reading and learning difficulties. Setting up an appointment at a vision center is the best way to get problems diagnosed and addressed. Once a diagnosis is made, a plan can be set forth to help your child correct his or her vision and lead to greater scholastic success and happiness in life in general.
If you have any further questions about signs your child could benefit from vision therapy and would like to set up an appointment or consultation at Austin Vision Therapy Center, call (512) 331-7288.