A TEACHER’S GUIDE
TO VISION PROBLEMS
Three areas of concern in detecting symptoms of learning-related vision problems are highlighted in this checklist. Use one X to indicate symptoms that occur occasionally and two X’s (XX) to indicate frequent occurrences.
Appearance of the eyes:
___Eyes crossed or turning in/out or moving independently of each other.
___Reddened, watering eyes, encrusted eyelids, frequent styes.
Behavioral Indications of Possible Vision Difficulty:
___Dislike or avoidance of close work.
___Short attention span for the child’s age or frequent daydreaming.
___Turning or tilting head to use one eye only or closing or covering one eye.
___Placing head close to book or desk when reading or writing.
___Excessive blinking or rubbing of eyes.
___Losing place while reading or using finger or marker to guide eyes.
___Trouble finishing written timed assignments.
___Difficulty remembering what is read.
___Omitting, repeating and miscalling words or confusing similar words.
___Persistent reversals after second grade.
___Difficulty remembering, identifying and reproducing basic geometric forms.
___Difficulty with sequential concepts.
___Poor eye-hand coordination when copying from chalkboard, throwing or catching a ball, buttoning or unbuttoning clothing or tying shoes.
___Displaying evidence of developmental immaturity.
Complaints Associated With Using the Eyes:
___Headaches, nausea and dizziness.
___Burning or itching eyes.
___Blurring of vision at any time.
Compiled from “A Teacher Guide to Vision Problems”.
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