Is It Dyslexia?

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Or Vision Problems?

"Get their eye's tested" is often the first thing that is recommended to a parent when their child struggles to learn to read. However most people don't realise that an eye test at the local opticians or optometrists does not test very much, and so does not rule out underlying vision problems.

Here are some possible vision problems:

  • Convergence insufficiency (Binocular vision problems)
  • Eye tracking problems
  • Visual perception problems
Many, many children with dyslexia actually have vision problems which are preventing them from seeing letters clearly, or moving their eyes smoothly.

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Convergence Insufficiency

If your child complains that the words move, or are blurry, or they see double, or their eyes get sore after reading then chances are they have convergence insufficiency.

If you child can't focus both eyes together, on the same letter, they will struggle to learn to read.

The best way to improve convergence insufficiency is to play Engaging Eyes every day.

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Eye Tracking

In order to read you also have to be able to move your eyes smoothly from left to right.

Eye Tracking Exercises can be used every day to improve eye tracking.

It is best to play eye tracking after your child has finished engaging eyes.

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Other Suggestions

Write from the start is a daily program to help younger kids ( 4 - 8 ) to improve their visual perception.

Eye Can Learn has some exercises for improving visual perception, tracking and focusing.

Visual Learning For Life is a paid for site which has lots of resources to help improve visual perception problems.

As a parent it is perfectly possible that you wouldn't notice at all your child had any vision problems.