Vision impacts learning
Good eye health extends beyond seeing 20/20. For your child, vision depends not only on how clearly he or she sees, but the coordination of ocular muscles, peripheral vision, and perception of spatial relationships.
Even if a child is screened as 20/20 (so-called “perfect vision”), serious deficiencies can be overlooked without a thorough eye examination. Such oversights can significantly impair learning. For instance, a child with poor eye coordination, focusing issues, or peripheral vision limitations will struggle with tracking words on screen or paper, lowering their reading comprehension. Worse, if these ocular issues go unresolved, children can become frustrated with learning and wish to avoid academics entirely.
At Ithaca Eye Care, we have the expertise to diagnose these eye problems that may be limiting your child’s learning. Dr. Boscia will perform a thorough eye health assessment, checking not only visual acuity and any ocular pathologies, but going beyond to examine visual development and processing.
Call our office today to schedule you and your child’s examination in our caring, family-friendly environment. 607-257-1500
Children Dealing with BVD
Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD) occurs in both children & adults, but what a child experiences in their vision can go untreated and lead to learning problems. The problem of BVD is when an image is viewed by one eye differently than the other eye, causing a misalignment. This forces the brain to correct the alignment over and over, which leads to eye muscle strain, headaches, blurriness, and lack of focus.
A child with BVD has difficulty concentrating, especially when trying to read. Since BVD isn’t often addressed or checked first, children may be taken to local physicians or other professionals to help their child’s education, when, in reality, an eye exam with an eye doctor would have been the ideal solution. Dr. Boscia is an expert at addressing BVD and vision therapy, where she can easily identify & direct you and your child to visual success.
Although eye charts are standard to screen for eye problems, these only test for farsightedness or nearsightedness. These test will not identify BVD which has small amounts of misalignment. The 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.
At Ithaca Eye Care, Dr. Boscia has been trained in identifying children with BVD. Your child will undergo a thorough Neuro-Visual Medical exam, identifying small amounts of misalignment. Treatment may include corrective prismatic glasses, vision therapy and/or syntonic light therapy.
Signs of BVD
They "tilt" their head
Nausea/ Difficulty gaining weight
Clumsiness (poor depth perception)
Sore, tired eyes
Skips lines when reading
Re-reading for comprehension
Blurred or double vision
Closing or covering an eye
If you suspect your child may have BDV, fill out our questionnaire