Binocular vision is the ability of both eyes to work together as a team. In the normal visual system, the brain combines the two images seen from each eye into a single 3D image. Proper eye coordination is crucial, and even slight misalignment of your child’s eyes can cause symptoms like double vision, eye strain, and headaches.
Symptoms to watch for in your child (may indicate a binocular vision problem):
- Covering one eye
- Tilting his/her head
- Holding reading material very close
- Skipping lines or losing place while reading
- Poor comprehension/ memory after reading
- Poor performance in sports
- Avoiding tasks that require close work
- Tiring easily
- Complaining of headaches, eye strain or double vision
Our clinic offers Binocular Vision Examinations to fully assess the functioning of your child's vision. If a binocular vision anomaly is detected, the doctor may recommend specialized therapeutic glasses, vision therapy, or both, depending on your child's unique case.
**Note: We speak of binocular vision disorders in children because they are common and often undetected or misdiagnosed as a learning disability or ADHD. However, binocular vision anomalies also occur in adults, especially after traumatic brain injury, including concussion. See our Post Concussion Vision Syndrome page.