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Children and BVD

Children and BVD – Vision Therapy Center at Clarity Optometry in Hamilton

Children can also suffer from Binocular Vision Dysfunction. The condition can be caused by facial asymmetry similar to adults, or by a concussion or injury while playing sports or falling from a bike. And just as with adults, BVD symptoms in children can harm their quality of life.

For children aged 4-8, common behaviors and symptoms of Binocular Vision Dysfunction can include:

  • Poor handwriting (poor spacing, writing letters too big or small)
  • Difficulty reading
  • Avoiding activities
  • Playing with toys very close to their face
  • Sitting close to the TV
  • Difficulty identifying shapes, colors, and numbers in an age-appropriate way
  • Struggling to see the class board
  • Frequently bumping into objects
  • Difficulty catching balls
  • Stomach aches and headaches at school or away from home
  • Light sensitivity
  • Covering one eye to see
  • Anxiety in public places
  • Frequent squinting in order to see

“I’m not tired when I read now. School is not as hard, and I have more fun. My glasses make everything better.” – Justin

For children aged 9 to 13, common behaviors and symptoms of Binocular Vision Dysfunction can include:

  • Repeatedly bumping into things while walking
  • Having difficulty completing homework due to headaches and nausea
  • Repeatedly reading the same things over and over / difficulty with reading comprehension
  • Sensitivity to bright lights
  • Closing one eye to make it easier to see
  • Blurred vision when using the computer
  • Blurred vision or tired eyes when looking at the blackboard in class
  • Verbal skills that are ahead of reading skills
  • Frequent blinking

For children (young adults) aged 14 years and older, common behaviors and symptoms of Binocular Vision Dysfunction can include:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty reading and learning
  • Problems focusing in school and at home
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty with balance / unsteady walking
  • Pain in the neck
  • Frequent head tilting
  • Motion sickness

“I was about to be put into a special education class because I was having so many learning problems. That was 10 years ago. These lenses changed everything, really! The headaches disappeared. Reading was so much easier and I could figure out my homework.” – Kali

Vision Therapy Center at Clarity Optometry serves patients from Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Ancaster, and Burlington all throughout Ontario.

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