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Eyesight Checklist

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    Appearance of eyes

    One eye turns in or out at any timeReddened eyes or eye lidsEyes water excessivelyEncrusted eyelidsFrequent styes on lids

    Complaints when using eyes at desk

    Headaches in forehead or templesBurning or itchy eyes after reading or desk workPrint blurs after a short timeComplains of seeing doubleWords ‘move’ or ‘swim’ on the page

    Behavioral signs of visual problems

    Eye movement ability (Ocular Motility)

    Head turns while reading across the pageLoses place frequently during readingNeeds finger or marker to keep placeShort attention span for reading or copyingFrequently omits wordsWrites up or down hill on paperRe-reads or skips lines unknowinglyOrientates drawings poorly on the page

    Eye teaming ability (Binocularity)

    Repeats letters within wordsOmits letters, numbers or phrasesMisaligns digits in number columnsSquints, closes or covers one eyeTilts head extremely while working at a deskOdd working posture at desk activities

    Eye hand co-ordination abilities

    Must feel things to ‘get the idea’Eyes not used to ‘steer’ hand movements (extreme lack of orientation, placement of words or drawings on the page)Writes crookedly, or with poor spacing; cannot stay on ruled linesMisaligns both horizontal and vertical series of numbersUses hand as ‘spacer’ to control spacing and alignment on pageRepeatedly confuses left-right directions

    Visual form perception (Visual Comparison, Visual Imagery, Visualisation)

    Fails to recognise same word in next sentenceReverses letters or words in writing and copyingDifficulty in recognising minor differencesRepeatedly confuses words with similar beginnings and endingsWhispers to self for reinforcement whilst reading silentlyUses ‘drawing with fingers’ to discriminate similarities and differences.

    Refractive status (Short Sighted, Long Sighted and Focal Problems)

    Quickly loses interest in readingBlinks excessively at desk tasks or when readingHolds books too closely; face too close to deskMakes errors in copying from the board to paperSquints to see white board, or requests to move closerRubs eyes during or after short periods of visual activityBlinks to clear eyes after reading or writing

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