What could my child be experiencing?
Could it be my child's eyes? Maybe. Your child might be suffering from Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD). With BVD, one eye sees an image differently (vertically, horizontally or both) than the other eye. The body corrects this by overusing and severely straining the eye muscles, causing the symptoms of BVD which include headaches, blurry vision, dizziness, difficulty with reading, learning and concentrating, and even anxiety in large spaces like malls.
Why Does BVD often go Undiagnosed in Children?
When children enter school, they are given a standard vision screening. They are tested to determine how well each eye can see (visual acuity). You know the one—cover one eye, read the eye chart...cover the other eye, read the eye chart. They are also tested to see how well their eyes work together as a team (binocular vision) to identify major eye misalignment and double vision. The schools do not test for small amounts of misalignment. Any amount of eye misalignment can lead to reading and attention difficulties. Since BVD may affect up to 50% of children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, reading and other learning problems, it is critical to test for even small misalignment amounts.
What would your child draw if he/she could see?
Seven-year old RuthAnn was having difficulty reading and paying attention in school. When she visited Vision Specialists of Michigan, she was asked to draw a picture of her doctor prior to her exam (image on left). After RuthAnn received her new Vis-Align™ glasses, she drew the picture on the right of her doctor.
"My daughter had headaches so bad she missed a lot of school. Some days all she could do was to lie in a dark room and sleep. Her pediatrician and neurologist tried a number of medications, but nothing really seemed to work. CAT scans, MRI's and all of the other tests didn't find the problem, but the doctors at Vision Specialists did. She has subtle eye misalignment, and her Vis-Align™ glasses corrected it. Now Jessica rarely has bad headaches and almost never misses school."
Mother of Jessica, 13 years old
"Chris hit his head when he fell off of his bike two years ago and hasn't been the same since. He had been getting headaches frequently, and was nauseous a lot. He was clumsy and uncoordinated. He used to be a good reader, but after his concussion he read slowly and had trouble concentrating, which made homework a struggle for him. In spite of all of his hard work, his grades had fallen. The Vis-Align™ glasses prescribed by his doctor have made an unbelievable difference in all of these problems!"
Father of Chris, 9 years old
Sammy’s Concentration Difficulties
"I've had trouble sitting still in school since first grade. I've been told I have ADD/ADHD and a ‘learning disability’. Medications and other treatments really don't seem to help much. Before I started using my Vis-Align™ glasses, I had difficulty concentrating, and reading was hard for me to do. I was a very slow reader - I had to read the same paragraph two or three times to understand it. My teachers thought I was lazy because I seemed smarter than my test scores."
Sammy, 17 years old