Did you know that you can have 20/20 eyesight but still have trouble with your vision?

Kids who are struggling with reading, could it be more than their eyesight? It doesn't matter whether you have 20/20 or 20/40 vision.

 

What's important to know is that your visual motor skills and perception skills are different than your acuity.

 

Let’s start with some reason why your child might be having trouble with reading.

Horizontal Eye Tracking

The ability to track from left to right smoothly, no skips or jumps along the way.

 

When they have trouble tracking, some of the issues you may see:

 

  • Repeating words

  • Using a  finger or ruler to track the words

  • Scramble up the words

  • Skipping words

Vertical Eye Tracking

Vertical Eye tracking: is being able to track up and down smoothly, with no roll ups or skips along the way.

 

When a child has trouble with vertical tracking, some of the issues they will have :

 

  • Trouble keeping their spot and staying on the line

  • Rereading the same sentence

  • Loosing their spot constantly

Convergence

Convergence: is both eyes looking at the same thing at the same time. 

 

  • Double vision

  • Headaches

  • Eye fatigue

  • Words seem to move, jump,or float of the page

  • Running into things

  • See shadows with the letters

How can you expect someone to read if they aren’t able to track or converge. It’s not fun and very strenuous.
 
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