An Old School of Thought

Parents and educators often incorrectly assume that if a child passes a school vision screening, an eye problem does not exist. However, this is an antiquated way of thinking about vision.

School vision screenings often test visual acuity (sharpness and clarity) only and not for things like ocular motility, binocular vision, and accommodation all vital components of vision, extraocular muscle movement, and brain function.

In reality, the visual skills needed for successful reading and learning are much more complex. A child who can see 20/20 can still have a serious vision problem.

We Cannot See Through Our Child’s Eyes

It has been estimated that one in four children have undiagnosed eye problems that interfere with learning and lead to academic and/or behavioral problems. In fact, a recent study has concluded that children with vision problems are three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. It is important to note: the symptoms are often similar, but the causes are not the same.

How does this happen? In addition to visual screening misdiagnoses, these children simply cannot articulate the problem or do not understand that their school difficulties may be related to their eyes.

Before concluding your child has a learning disability or an anxiety disorder, it is important to schedule an eye exam.

Reading or Writing Problem Indicators

Is your child struggling with one or more of the following?

  • Fatigue when reading or a drop in comprehension with time
  • Short attention span while reading
  • Holds head too close to book when reading or desk when writing
  • Confusion of similar words or letters
  • Difficulty keeping place while reading
  • Slow reading or word-by-word reading
  • Skips or rereads lines or uses finger as a pointer
  • Says the words aloud or lip reads
  • Difficulty remembering what has been read or newly learned words
  • Reverses words or letters
  • Poor sitting posture while reading or writing
  • Excessive head turning while reading
  • Turns head so as to use one eye only or tilts head to one side
  • Frowning, excessive blinking, scowling, squinting, or other facial distortions while reading
  • Rubs eyes during or after reading
  • Difficulty copying from a whiteboard or book

If these symptoms sound familiar, contact our office. Our expertise in behavioral and functional optometry allows us to quickly detect vision related issues. We can then successfully offer management and treatment strategies such as eyeglasses or vision therapy in order to alleviate problems at school.

At Belle Vue Specialty Eye Care, we’ll do everything we can to get your child’s vision – and school performance – back on track.

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Phone: (601) 475-2020
Fax: (800) 493-5956
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Address

7117 Highway 98, Suite 30
Hattiesburg, MS 39402

Jackson Satellite Location

Located in the Highland Village Shopping Center.

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Phone: (601) 487-1089
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4500 l-55 N Suite 218
Jackson, MS 39211
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Located in the Bellevue Corner Market Shopping Center.

Contact Information

Phone: (601) 475-2020
Fax: (800) 493-5956
[email protected]

Address

7117 Highway 98, Suite 30
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Monday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Jackson Satellite Location

Located in the Highland Village Shopping Center.

Contact Information

Phone: (601) 487-1089
Fax: (800) 493-5956
[email protected]

Address

4500 l-55 N Suite 218
Jackson, MS 39211

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