NATIONAL VISION MONTH: A Surprising Solution for Struggling Kids

Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, PC

By Lynn F. Hellerstein, O.D., F.C.O.V.D., F.A.A.O., Author of award-winning book, See It. Say It. Do It! (Sponsored Content) May 18, 2016
David is a bright 8-year-old, but he used to struggle to keep up with his third grade work, scoring below age level in reading and writing skills. He used his finger or marker to keep his place on the page when reading, since he frequently lost his place and did not track well. David often complained of headaches after school. His handwriting was so sloppy that he would often have to stay in from recess to re-do his work. He disliked school and was beginning to think that he just wasn’t “smart enough.”

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A vision evaluation by a developmental optometrist revealed that David could see well (20/20). However, he was diagnosed with learning-related vision problems: tracking, focusing, eye teaming and eye-hand coordination difficulties. Reading glasses were prescribed and David received vision therapy as well.
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After successfully completing vision therapy, David’s teacher reported that he had made excellent improvements in school. He would read independently and his handwriting became more legible. His self-confidence had blossomed. He no longer “hated” school.

What are the signs of learning-related vision problems?

CLICK HERE to download a copy of our Vision Checklist  

How do you find an eye doctor who evaluates and treats children with learning-related vision problems?

Ask your family eye doctor the following questions:
  • Do you do near point testing?
  • Do you provide vision therapy or refer to a doctor who does?
For more information, check the following websites:,

Key Points

One in four school-age children have vision problems.
  • 20/20 does not mean perfect vision. There are 15 other visual skills necessary for successful learning, including tracking, depth perception, visual processing, and eye-hand coordination.
  • All children should have their first vision evaluation by age one and again prior to entering school.
  • Children should be visually evaluated by an optometrist or ophthalmologist every year throughout their school years.

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