Vision Symptoms Checklist

Some vision problems, such as a turned or crossed eye, are physical conditions which are fairly easy to recognize by parents and pediatricians.

Many other vision problems are NOT easy to detect, particularly in young children. Binocular vision problems may exist as early as age 6 months to 1 year, but the child and parents are unaware of any vision difficulty. For that reason, early detection is key to helping your child develop their vision skills. When should children be examined?

The following is a listing of common signs or symptoms of vision problems that may indicate the need for a comprehensive vision exam by the Bernstein Center For Visual Performance. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of vision and visual performance problems.

Physical Signs and Symptoms (Visual Information Gathering System

Visual Information Processing System is the intricate physical network of eyes and nerves which alloow us to capture images.

  • Frequent headaches or eye strain
  • Blurring of distance or near vision, particularly after reading or other close work
  • Avoidance of close work or other visually demanding tasks
  • Poor judgment of depth
  • Turning of an eye in or out, up or down
  • Tendency to cover or close one eye, or favor the vision in one eye
  • Double vision
  • Poor eye-hand coordination
  • Difficulty following a moving target
  • Dizziness or motion sickness

Important Note for Parents: Symptoms and signs vary from mild to severe - and from child to child. Particularly with young children - they may not even know that the way they are seeing words is incorrect (it's the way they've always seen them). A Comprehensive Vision Exam detects most vision problems.

Performance and Behavior Problems (Visual Information Processing System

The brain and central nervous system also play a critical role in vision.

Although very difficult for parents to observe before reading/writing age, the Bernstein Center is also fully equipped to diagnose the early stages of these conditions, even in 2 - 3 year old children. Early detection can help your child see and learn properly.

  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Difficulty copying from one place to another
  • Loss of place, repetition, and/or omission of words while reading
  • Difficulty changing focus from distance to near and back
  • Poor posture when reading or writing
  • Poor handwriting
  • Can respond orally but can't get the same information down on paper
  • Letter and word reversals
  • Difficulty judging sizes and shapes