Pediatric Specialty Eye Care

The causes of reading and learning problems in children are numerous. One source of these problems is overlooked a majority of the time and is related to our eyes. This problem is not regarding eyesight as you may think, but related to vision. Let me explain the difference between eyesight and vision.

Eyesight is how clearly a person is able to see where vision is that, plus how the two eyes work together as a team and function so the visual information is processed properly. The eyes may appear to be aligned and working properly together but, in actuality, they are not.

Our eyes are designed to work together for proper visual efficiency. This allows for accurate tracking, alignment, and focusing. A child with a vision problem may think they see everything properly but, as is often stated, they don't know what they don't know.

A child struggling with reading may exhibit clumsiness in the classroom or playground, excessive squinting or closing one eye, excessive blinking or unusual postural positions when in the classroom or reading. A parent may notice variability in sports performance. The child may be one that can remember long passages heard in a movie or TV, but has difficulty remembering what they have read.

Harmful Blue Light

Another factor that can affect how your child sees is exposure to harmful blue light. 


Blue light, part of a light spectrum that is visible to the human eye, provides basic illumination. But the effects of blue light on vision can be wide ranging and potentially damaging to young eyes. This is because their maturing eyes haven’t yet developed the protective pigments to help filter out some of the harmful blue light that comes from artifactual lighting and handheld devices.

Your eyecare professional can provide you with more information on how to protect your child’s eyes from harmful blue light.

Dr. Huggett is a Proud Member of These Fine Organizations: