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Astigmatism is a vision condition that occurs when the front surface of your eye, the cornea, is slightly irregular in shape. This irregular shape prevents light from focusing properly on the back of your eye, the retina. As a result, your vision may be blurred at all distances. Most people have some degree of astigmatism.

The following are my own thoughts from over thirty years experience of observing visual development in children. Unaided vision of children who have astigmatism can have the following complaints while performing concentrated tasks:

  • Burning and stinging of the eyes
  • Loss of place on the page
  • Blurred vision
  • Sleepiness
  • Frontal headaches

Teachers and parents can observe the following:

Age group 3-5 years:

  • Trouble staying within the lines while coloring
  • Trouble drawing a straight line
  • Grips pencil tightly and presses hard, often breaks pencil and crayon tips
  • Trouble learning left from right hand
  • Trouble with reversing letters

Age group 6-10 years:

  • Trouble with phonics and spelling
  • Completing homework is more difficult
  • Usually best grade is in math
  • Difficulty finishing timed multiple page exam
  • Poor penmanship
  • Prolonged concentration is difficult and usually results in poor comprehension
  • Often short attention span and hyperactive
  • Often introverted personality
  • Difficulty writing horizontally in a straight line (lined or unlined paper)

All of the above symptoms are similar of a dyslexic child but may be vision related (not organic)

Age group 11-18 years:

  • Studies by writing notes and rewriting notes; uses tactile senses to learn
  • At home prefers video games
  • High incidence of high school drop out
  • Females reach their performance maximum in near work by age 12-14 years: males 14-16 years

I know there are other important learning factors in a child’s development. However, I feel strongly that a child with visual deficiencies that are not aided suffers greatly. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please give me a call at 541-928-2020.

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