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Checklist of Vision Problems


Vision is the ability to visualise, understand and apply the information that comes through the eyes. When using this guide and checklist we need to understand the difference between the terms SIGHT and VISION.

SIGHT or ACUITY is merely what results from the eyes’ responses to light shining into them and is measured by determining how well we can see different sized letters on a chart in the distance.

VISION results from the person actively interpreting and understanding the information made available through the eyes.

Children, Students, Adults with normal (20/20) EYESIGHT may not have these abilities.

This checklist can be used for adults, parents & children, teachers, other professionals & can be taken along to your behavioural optometrist.

  • Blurring of words when reading
  • Working distance close when writing or reading
  • Blinks or rubs eyes a lot
  • Gets rapidly tired at school and often exhausted at end of school day
  • Headaches and/or aching eyes
  • Difficulties with copying from the blackboard or book
  • Poor or variable handwriting, often slow
  • Poor co-ordination or history of co-ordination problems
  • Loss of concentration, poor attention span
  • Reading accuracy and speed below chronological age
  • Loses place or line when reading
  • Misses out words or letters when reading
  • Often has to use finger as a marker to keep place
  • Often has to use finger as a marker to keep place
  • Mixes numbers in Maths
  • Comprehension exercises difficult
  • Reverses letters and numbers
  • Mirror writing
  • Confuses right and left past age 7 (and sometimes up and down.)
  • Makes phonetic spelling errors
  • Poor visual memory
  • Poor at Maths
  • Creative writing difficult
  • Poor posture when working
  • Covers one eye when reading
  • Moves head when reading
  • Homework takes longer than it should
  • Poor at ball skills and team games
  • Does not understand what has been read