Observing and being aware of physical clues and performance in normal situations will help identify the symptoms of ocular disease and other vision problems. Someone who is experiencing nearsightedness, farsightedness, or other visual problems may show some of these symptoms. Ocular disease might also be a factor and can include macular degeneration symptoms and cataracts symptoms. Symptoms of macular degeneration and cataracts must be treated or vision could worsen over time. In addition, head injuries, strokes, pre and post eye surgery, keratoconus, birth defects, age related issues; health issues, car accidents, and other specific circumstances can cause visual problems. Here are some indicators and symptoms of ocular disease to look for:

  • One eye turning in/out or up/down
  • Squinting, excessive blinking or eye rubbing
  • Headaches or dizziness after reading
  • Exaggerated head movements while reading
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Eyes itch or burn
  • Words move while reading
  • Can’t see up close
  • Trouble with depth perception
  • Loses place and skips lines
  • Omits small words when reading
  • Very close reading distance
  • Uses finger while reading
  • Skips or rereads words or sentences
  • Avoids near tasks
  • Light sensitivity
  • Tilts head or closes one eye
  • Eye fatigue or frustration with near tasks
  • Mid-day or end of the day headaches
  • Low comprehension with near visual tasks
  • Difficulty copying from the whiteboard
  • Fails to complete assignments on time
  • Handwriting is crooked or spacing is poor
  • Not living up to academic expectations
  • Frustration or stress with visual tasks
  • Reversals but not diagnosed with Dyslexia
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Slow reading