Up to 25% of children have a visual problem impacting how they perform in school, and many have a misalignment of the eyes known as Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD). Most of the time BVD has no known cause. It can occur as a result of an injury, concussion while playing sports, facial asymmetry, or genetics. BVD symptoms can seriously impact your child’s quality of life.
Does My Child Have BVD?
Have you ever heard of BVD? Many teachers and parents haven’t, and because of this they aren’t aware of its signs and symptoms. When a child has difficulty paying attention or learning in class, experiences motion sickness, or complains of headaches or blurry vision, they could have BVD. Any amount of eye misalignment can lead to reading problems and difficulty paying attention.
Binocular Vision Dysfunction and Learning Difficulties
Binocular Vision Dysfunction can cause blurry or possibly double vision. This affects school performance because a child with BVD has a difficult time comprehending words on a page and and reading.
Sometimes children diagnosed with certain conditions related to concentration and/or learning are actually suffering from BVD. These can include:
Dyslexia is often known to cause trouble with spelling, letter jumbling, and word sequences. These same symptoms are found in children with BVD.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Children suffering from ADD and ADHD struggle with the ability to pay attention. BVD can cause double and blurred vision, making reading and comprehending words on a page difficult. Visual misalignment — and not ADHD/ADD — may be causing your child to find it hard to concentrate.
How to Treat BVD
When BVD causes a child to struggle while reading and learning in school, specialized aligning glasses can help. They allow your child to see clearly without causing strain or stress on their eyes while reducing distorted and blurred vision and words. Once your child’s BVD is treated, this can alleviate and possibly eliminate their learning difficulties. These aligning lenses can also help the two eyes to function and work as a team, making reading easier for your child.
Understanding the source of reading and learning difficulties can help your child succeed in school and boost self-confidence. At Silicon Valley Eye Physicians in , , we can treat your child’s binocular vision dysfunction. Schedule an appointment today and learn how we can help.
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