Vision and The Homework Wars By Dr. Robert Fox, OD, FCOVD

| January 15, 2017

Do you dread the thought each night of battling with your child to complete their homework? Are there fights and tears? Well…in many cases a vision problem may be the culprit. If your child has an undiagnosed vision problem, print on a page may be blurred, doubled, or just seem too hard to get through. Remember, your child is not just a small adult with all the experience you have. They can’t communicate that they have double vision and might even assume that everyone else sees the same way that they do. All they know is that trying harder is not getting them anywhere.

Developmental vision problems that can cause these issues include poor eye teaming at near and poor visual tracking. These deficits are not picked up on during school and pediatrician eyesight screenings.  In fact, many routine eye exams frequently miss these problems as well. These vision problems impact reading, writing, comprehension, and even attention. So, it is not unusual for a child with vision issues, who has just had a very long day struggling at school to resist when asked to do even more near work at home.

The good news is that these vision issues respond very well to individualized developmental optometric services, such as vision therapy. A recent vision therapy graduate’s mother told us that homework is now “another world.” Where homework used to take hours to complete, this child now is done most nights in less than a half hour. Mother, child, and everyone else at home is now much, much happier thanks to vision therapy.

To learn more about the above topic, please join us for our “Homework Wars Workshop” on February 28th, 2017  at 6:30 P.M., Please RSVP to Jenn at We look forward to seeing you!

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