Take our Quick Vision Quiz

 Answer the questions, then scroll  below to see how much you really know about your vision

  1. If you have 20/20 vision, I can’t have a vision problem.

True or False? 

  1. Vision is learned.

True or False? 

  1. All children are ready to read by the age of six.

True or False? 

  1. Eyesight is hereditary. There is nothing you can do about it.

True or False? 

  1. Visual problems can affect a person’s self-esteem and hinder success.

True or False? 

  1. Surgery is the only way to correct strabismus (a turned/crossed eye).

True or False? 

  1. Amblyopia (lazy eye) cannot be corrected after the person reaches the age of seven.

True or False? 

Check our common list of behaviors ~

If several of these behaviors apply, we recommend a comprehensive eye exam.

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

  1. 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).

  1. Frequent squinting or closing of one eye?
  1. Excessive blinking or squinting?
  1. Poor visual/motor skills (including “hand-eye coordination”)?
  1. Problems moving in space, frequently bumps into things or drops things?
  1. Difficulties catching and/or throwing airborne objects?
  1. Repeatedly confuses left and right directions?
  1. Appears to favor the use of one eye?
  1. Turns or tilts head in order to use one eye?
  1. Posture problems? Head is frequently tilted to one side or one shoulder is obviously higher?

 Do you or your child notice any of the following symptoms when reading or doing work up close? 

  1. Becomes quickly fatigued?
  1. Has posture problems?
  1. Rubs eyes frequently?
  1. Squints or blinks excessively?
  1. Frequently loses one’s place when reading or copying from the board or paper?
  1. Frequently skips words and/or has to re-read?
  1. Repeatedly omits small words?
  1. Vision becomes blurry?
  1. Uses finger to read?
  1. Holds the book or object unusually close?
  1. Closes one eye or covers eye with hand?
  1. Twists or tilts head toward book or papers?
  1. Moves head back and forth (instead of moving eyes)?
  1. Struggles with handwriting?

  Quiz Answers   

  1.  If I have 20/20 vision, I can’t have a vision problem.   False 

 Being able to read the 20/20 line on the eye chart does not tell you everything you need to know about healthy vision. For example, it does not tell you whether or not vision in one eye is suppressed or less efficient or whether there are problems with visual processing.

  1.    Vision is learned.   True

Research at the Gesell Institute tells us that children are not born with “normal” vision — they must learn to see.

  1. All children are ready to read at the age of six.  False 

  Visual abilities develop as a child matures.  The child who develops slowly may not have the visual skills to read at the age of six.

  1. Eyesight is hereditary.  You can’t do anything about it.   False 

 Environmental demands (reading, computers, TV) can create stressful situations which may alter vision in healthy eyes.  Also, developmental vision problems can be significantly altered by environmental factors.

  1.   Visual problems can affect a person’s self-esteem and hinder success.   True.  

A person may have the intelligence to succeed, but without the proper visual skills needed for comprehension and learning, he will experience repeated failure, leading to lack of self-esteem. 

  1. Surgery is the only way to correct strabismus (a turned eye).    False. 

Surgery is generally a cosmetic cure only.  Vision Therapy can go beyond making eyes look straight.   The person can regain the use of the two eyes together as a team and develop depth perception. 

  1. Amblyopia (lazy eye) cannot be corrected after the person reaches the age of seven.   False

Neurophysiologists have proven that, in most cases, there is no critical age for amblyopia.  Vision improvement can be gained at any age. However, delaying therapy may increase the amount of therapy needed.
 If you checked off several items on any of the checklist above, you should consider a comprehensive vision examination. 

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