Updated: Dec 29, 2018
Your child may need more than just a pair of glasses to see clearly. A behavioral optometrist can train your child's eyes to work together, allowing for better depth perception, coordination, reading tolerance, and attention to task.
Your child has new glasses but is still having trouble:
Are they reading by moving their head instead of their eyes?
Does your child close one eye or turn their head to the side when looking at something?
Do they avoid climbing activities or demonstrate fear when leaving contact with the ground?
Does your child seem unusually clumsy?
Kids are often evaluated for basic visual acuity but visual processing is often overlooked. Vision requires the ability of both eyes to work together and allow the information to travel to the brain for interpretation of what is seen. When both eyes are not able to work as a team, visual processing difficulties arise. Dr Kadet of The Hope Clinic has provided a checklist of signs parents can look for to help determine if a behavioral optometrist can help.
The Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists has provided a great checklist for teachers (and parents) to screen for visual processing difficulties:
Concerns about visual processing abilities can be brought to the behavioral optometrist for help maximizing skills via specific lenses, vision therapy, and/or environmental adaptations. Below is a list of resources that can help your child function successfully and comfortably.