Chattanooga Pediatric Optometrist shares to parents what signs to look for that may indicate a learning-related vision problem

Published on
December 5, 2022

This blog will discuss symptoms a parent should look for in their child that might indicate their child has an underlying vision problem. Or, if you're a teacher, how to identify if some of your students might have a vision problem.

According to experts, 80% of what a child learns in school is visual. Children must have good vision in order to reach their full academic potential.

What are the different physical symptoms that your child has a vision problem?

The physical symptoms that can be associated with a vision problem would be:

  • Frequent headaches on school days
  • Eye rubbing
  • Eye strain
  • Blurry vision after they've been reading for a period of time
  • Words swimming around on the page
  • Double vision
  • Tilting their head when reading 
  • Losing their place when reading
  • Covering up one eye when reading 

Less obvious symptoms of a vision problem

The less obvious symptoms that can be associated with a vision problem would be:

  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Not being able to read up to their grade level
  • Poor handwriting skills
  • Difficulty in comprehending certain math concepts
  • Poor visualization skills

If your child shows any of these symptoms or finds it difficult to do their daily activities, please schedule an eye examination with our eye doctor in Hixson.

Impact of a vision problem on children

It is very important to identify these problems and to identify them sooner rather than later, as they can have a very profound impact on a child's self-esteem or self-confidence. The child begins to compare himself or herself to other students in class, and thinks that if everyone is doing it, and they aren't, that must mean they aren't smart. Once our eye doctors are able to diagnose and treat these problems, these children realize their intelligence had nothing to do with the problems they were facing in the classroom. It had everything to do with how much their vision interfered with their ability to learn in the classroom.

How to treat learning-related vision problems?

Treatment of a learning-related vision problem depends primarily on the underlying cause. It may be treated with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses to improve distance or near vision. Our Chattanooga optometry clinic provides vision therapy, which involves a series of exercises aimed at treating learning-related vision problems. Vision therapy may include use of prism lenses, patching (an eye patch on the lazy eye), a Brock string (to treat convergence insufficiency) and many other exercises to enhance vision. Typically therapy is done in office once a week for 36 sessions, working one on one with a vision therapist. They will be given exercises that are done at home during the remainder of the week. These exercises are tailored to the underlying condition and the progress of the patient. Vision therapy may not only improve their academic performance drastically but also their self-esteem.

Schedule an appointment at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga, the leading provider of vision therapy in the Chattanooga area 

If your child exhibits any of the above listed symptoms, they may be suffering from a vision problem that needs to be examined by our pediatric eye doctor. You can schedule a functional eye exam by calling (423) 710 3965. Pediatric patients with vision issues visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading provider of functional and developmental vision services for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley.


Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

Alice M.
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