Some of the mechanical visual skills which are related to reading include focusing or accommodation, and eye teaming, or convergence. Fatigue of one or both of these systems may interfere with reading. There is also a relationship between eye movements such as saccades (whereby we change fixation from one target to the next) and smooth following movements known as pursuits and reading. Children who cannot make accurate eye movements are often found to skip lines and words while reading.

The visual system was originally designed so that the peripheral vision was responsive to motion detection (danger from the jungles) with a central portion for fine discrimination (to identify the source of danger; e.g., a lion.) In the school environment the child is expected to ignore the peripheral portion of their visual system and pay attention with the central portion. If the child can not ignore the peripheral portion, he/she becomes distracted.  Improvement in eye movement skills often results in less distraction and fewer errors of skipping words while reading.

image1

Childrens Vision

Learn about eye health for infants and children.

image2

Our Services

Visit our services page and see what we offer.

image3

Contact Us

Click to contact us through our online contact form.

Latest News

What Kind of Eye Correction Do I Need fo...
April 17, 2019
There are many options available to adults and children when it comes to wearing corrective lenses (glasses and contacts) when engaged in physical activities. Here is a look at the different modali...
What are the risk factors for dry eye?
April 10, 2019
Millions of people are affected by dry eye syndrome and the prevalence of dry eye increases with age. An estimated 3.2 million women and over and 1.68 million men age 50 and over are affected by dry e...