Understanding Visual Symptoms

Many people mistakenly think that vision is simply eyesight, and that if one has 20/20 vision, that they have no vision problems. However, this is far from the truth. There is much more to the visual system, and in order to properly recognize and understand the various vision issues that can arise, as well as their symptoms.

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Physical Symptoms

Some symptoms are easily observable in one’s actions, or how one feels on a regular basis. These include:

Frequent Headaches

If a child is having vision issues, especially issues like convergence insufficiency which make focusing difficult, the eye strain caused by attempts to force themselves to focus can lead to regular headaches.

Head Tilting

If a child tilts their head often while looking at either near or distant objects, it can signify a refractive error. The head tilting, which may be done unconsciously, helps them realign their eyes to better see.


Chronic fatigue can also be caused by increased eye strain due to one of several vision issues which makes daily activities more arduous and stressful.

Learning or Activity-Related Symptoms

Not all symptoms are obviously spotted through everyday activity. Some only present themselves during certain activities, such as reading or playing sports.

Reading Difficulties (slow speed, poor comprehension, skipping letters or lines)

Numerous vision issues can make reading a challenge, and that difficulty can manifest in multiple ways. In addition to the symptoms listed above, if a child uses their finger to mark the place as they read, it can also be an indicator of a vision issue.

Poor Hand-Eye Coordination

While some might not immediately recognize that difficulties with activities requiring hand-eye coordination as a vision issue, it very much is. Hand-eye coordination relies on the brain processing information received via the eyes. A child with poor handwriting, or who struggles in sports, may well have a vision issue that is holding them back.

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There is more to the vision than can be measured via a simple test. Someone struggling with a vision issue can exhibit one of several symptoms. Some of these are obvious in everyday activities, while others are more subtle and are only noticeable during certain activities. It’s important to be able to recognize these in your child, and to understand that these can signify a vision issue, so that they can be properly diagnosed and receive the treatment necessary to correct it. If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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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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