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Posted on 01-23-2018


EYE FOCUSING PROBLEMS:  Imagine sitting in a classroom and looking at the board, then looking up close to read text but your eyes do not see clearly for a few minutes.  However, 6% of children must wait for their eyesight to clear up as they look from near to far.  Normally, this is a simple act that students do all the time without thinking about it. 

SYMPTOMS:  This is called an “accommodative problem”.  Personally, I find the 6% statistic to be an understatement.  Symptoms of accommodative problems are blurry vision, headaches from near work, eyestrain, fatigue and general avoidance of near work.  There are special tests that optometrists can do to check for this problem.  Sometimes, eyeglasses can help with this problem.  For example, reading glasses or bifocals can help some children.  If eyeglasses help, they should be worn when doing reading, doing homework, taking a test and computer work.

VISION THERAPY: After wearing the prescribed lenses your child should return to the optometrist after 4 weeks to determine if his symptoms have resolved or at least improved.  If the child is still having problems or the eyeglasses do not help then a referral to an developmental optometrist who specializes in accommodative office-based vision therapy is needed.

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