For some kids, a lack of coordination is a cute, awkward stage prior to full development. If that issue persists, it quickly becomes a concern for parents. They wonder, “Is my child suffering in some way? Is there a condition that I don’t know about? Have I done something wrong?” These are just a few of the common questions parents experience (and often panic about) when they see that their children are not functioning as expected.
Kids that are uncoordinated can be experiencing medical conditions. A common cause is eye misalignment that leads to a condition known as vertical heterophoria. Vertical heterophoria is a binocular vision disorder.
Clues It Might Be a Vision Disorder
When you are the mother or father of a kid that is uncoordinated, you may notice that your child does not want to engage in regular activities with other kids or avoids reading or anything that requires concentration. If a child struggles to read or finds imagery too overwhelming, this can be a sign that the child has a binocular vision dysfunction.
Binocular vision dysfunction, or BVD, often occurs from a minor eye misalignment that results in difficulty in seeing one unified image coherently as the eyes are not in perfect symmetry and alignment. This can result in painful headaches, dizziness, anxiety and lack of coordination. A person with binocular vision dysfunction may also have an unsteady feeling while walking and other symptoms such as light sensitivity, neck ache, head tilt, facial pain and motion sickness.
Where to Get Help
Vertical heterophoria can be treated. It is not a condition that your child has to suffer with permanently. It does have to be properly diagnosed to be treated, however. You will need to take your child to a doctor or practice where the doctors are specially trained in diagnosing and treating vertical heterophoria.
Sometimes parents take their kids to doctors such as neurologists or ENT doctors because of the head or neck pain. Many medications or treatment are tried, but their children continue to suffer, perplexing doctors and parents alike. This is because the patient is not being properly diagnosed for this specific condition that can go undetected in a routine eye examination.
Contact Us Today
If your child is not coordinated and/or experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it is important that you take your child to a specialized doctor who is trained in treating vertical heterophoria and similar conditions.
At the Neuro Visual Center of New York, our team is trained in providing specialized care for our patients with binocular vision disorders like VH. We can help you identify and treat your condition so that you see better and no longer experience challenging symptoms. Our patients have seen dramatic improvements in their quality of life on a daily basis through our treatment and care. Give us a call at (516) 224-4888 to find out more, schedule your appointment and get help right away!