Will a child know if they have a vision problem?

Published on
March 9, 2022

Children usually do not know that what they see is different from normal, assuming that everyone sees the same way they do. As a result, they don't tell their parents they can't see or have symptoms such as blurry vision. Normally, it is other people, mainly parents and teachers, who are able to identify that a student is having difficulty.


What are some of the visual symptoms that parents and teachers should look out for?

We recommend that all children are taken for a developmental eye exam before entering into first grade. This is the ideal way to detect any vision deficits that your child may have that can impact their ability to read and learn in the classroom. However there are many symptoms that a parent or teacher may notice that can help identify the need for an immediate evaluation by a developmental optometrist. 

You can find the full vision symptom quiz on our website https://amplifyeyecarelongbeach.com/about-us-practice-page/our-specialty/vision-therapy-specialty/vision-and-learning-quiz/

A few key symptoms to look out for include: 

  • Do you avoid reading or work that requires material to be up close?
  • Do you skip or repeat lines?
  • Do you tilt your head or close an eye when reading?
  • Do you have difficulty with reading comprehension?
  • Do you write on an upward or downward slant?
  • Do you bump into things and knock them over?  

School Vision Screenings

A vision screening at school can help identify difficulties. There is usually a distance screening in classrooms. A student would be presented with an eye chart at 20 feet and should be able to see at least 20/40 or better. If not, they are advised to see an eye care practitioner for an examination and glasses. While school screenings are a great first step, they are very limited in what they are looking for. For example the American Optometric Association says that school screenings miss 75% of vision problems. 

At Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach we are proud to provide complimentary school screenings to our community. If you are interested in having us come to your school please reach out to our office. Some of the screenings that are done in the Bellflower school district are performed by Dr. Ikeda and his team. 

There have been nationwide and local efforts to modify the screenings to pay more attention to near vision because some patients may be able to see well far away, but have trouble reading, which can be a result of a refractive condition such as being far sighted. At Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach we provide developmental school vision screenings, which test not only near and far vision but also look at many of the aspects of vision that are related to childhood development such as eye teaming and eye tracking. As a student can have multiple problems with their vision, we believe that developmental vision screenings at school are crucial for students to optimize their learning potential.

What is the downside of vision screenings at schools?

Parents who rely on in-school screenings may overlook proper eye examinations, believing that passing this simple test means their child has perfect vision. As a result, issues may not be detected and treated, leading to further problems before any action can be taken. These problems can negatively affect their ability to learn over time if they continue and get worse. Even if your child has passed their school vision screening, we recommend that all children are taken for a developmental eye exam before they enter first grade.  


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

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