Exam Check List

Read the questions below and see how you score. If you answer yes to several items, a comprehensive eye exam is recommended.

Do you observe the following behavior(s) in yourself or your child?

  • One eye turns, drifts or aims in a different direction than the other eye? Crossed eye? Wandering eye?
    (Look carefully — this can be subtle. This is significant even if it only happens occasionally, such as when the person is tired, stressed or ill).
  • Frequent squinting or closing of one eye?
  • Excessive blinking or squinting?
  • Poor visual/motor skills (including “hand-eye coordination”)?
  • Problems moving in space, frequently bumps into things or drops things?
  • Difficulties catching and/or throwing airborne objects?
  • Repeatedly confuses left and right directions?
  • Appears to favor the use of one eye?
  • Turns or tilts head in order to use one eye?
  • Posture problems? Head is frequently tilted to one side or one shoulder is obviously higher?
  • While reading or doing close work, do you notice any of the following in yourself or your child?
  • Becomes quickly fatigued?
  • Has posture problems?
  • Rubs eyes frequently?
  • Squints or blinks excessively?
  • Frequently loses one’s place when reading or copying from the board or paper?
  • Frequently skips words and/or has to re-read?
  • Repeatedly omits small words?
  • Vision becomes blurry?
  • Uses finger to read?
  • Holds the book or object unusually close?
  • Closes one eye or covers eye with hand?
  • Twists or tilts head toward book or papers?
  • Moves head back and forth (instead of moving eyes)?
  • Struggles with handwriting?

Do you or your child frequently complain of:

  • Only able to read for short periods of time?
  • Burning or itching eyes?
  • Headaches in forehead or temples?
  • Nausea or dizziness?
  • Motion sickness?
  • Double vision?

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