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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