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Why Doesn't My Child Read Well?
December 6, 2016

We receive a lot of questions from parents on the topic of reading and vision. I have asked Dr. Rachelle Altstadt, our director of Performance Vision Therapy, to address this issue. Enjoy!

Good vision requires your child’s eyesight, visual pathways, and brain to all work together. When they don’t, even a child with 20/20 eyesight can experience difficulty reading, writing and processing information. Three reasons why children have difficulty reading:

  • Accommodative dysfunction. An accommodative dysfunction is a deficit of the focusing system. If your child has a poor focusing system, this may cause blurry vision, eye strain and eye fatigue when reading.
  • Convergence. Convergence is the inward turning of the eyes which keeps the print single as the child reads. Children who are not able to keep their eyes on target may experience double vision when reading.   
  • Eye movement disorder. Reading requires accurate and quick eye movements to follow the words in a book. Children who are unable to make the eye movements appropriately may skip lines and/or words as they are reading,
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