Up to 25% of children have a visual problem impacting their school performance, and many of these are due to Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD) - a misalignment of the eyes. Most times BVD has no known cause, but can occur as a result of facial asymmetry, an injury, a concussion while playing sports, or genetics. BVD symptoms can severely impact your child’s quality of life.
Does Your Child Have BVD?
Many parents and teachers have never heard of BVD, and are unaware of its signs and symptoms. So when a child has difficulty learning or paying attention, experiences motion sickness or complains of blurry vision or headaches, they don’t realize the problem could be BVD. Any amount of eye misalignment can lead to attention difficulties and reading problems.
If your child struggles with reading or learning at school, they may be struggling with BVD.
Learning Difficulties and Binocular Vision Dysfunction
Binocular Vision Dysfunction can cause blurred or possibly double vision, so when a child has difficulty reading and comprehending the words on a page, it affects their ability to succeed in school or at work.
In some cases, children diagnosed with certain conditions related to learning and/or concentration are actually suffering from BVD. These can include:
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Children suffering from ADD and ADHD struggle with the ability to maintain attention. BVD can cause blurred and double vision, making it difficult to read and comprehend words on a page. Visual misalignment — and not ADD/ADHD — may be the cause of your child’s inability to concentrate.
Dyslexia is often known to cause trouble with word sequences, spelling, and letter jumbling. These same symptoms are found in children with BVD.
When BVD causes a child to struggle while reading and in school, specialized aligning glasses can help them see clearly without causing stress or strain on their eyes while reducing blurred and distorted vision and words. Once your child’s BVD is treated, this can ease or eliminate a child’s learning difficulties. These lenses can also help the two eyes to function and work as a team, making it easier for your child to read.
We understand the difficulties that accompany learning and reading difficulties. Let us EYEcenter Optometric in , Gold River, Rocklin, Folsom, Sacramento, treat your child’s binocular vision dysfunction. Contact us today to learn how we can help.
At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.
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