by Dr. Matthew Watson, Eyevolution Optique
“Reading is boring!” she said, rolling her eyes upward and tossing her curly hair back for maximum effect. Ellie (not her real name) was a third grader whose 8th birthday was just a few weeks away. Her pediatrician had recommended an eye exam even though Ellie could read the 20/20 line on the distance chart. Her case history was un-remarkable with the exception of allergies and occasional headaches.
After her eye exam, her parents that learned Ellie needed a significant prescription to help her see up close. Her headaches were caused by the eyestrain she suffered while reading. And because Ellie got headaches when she read, she avoided reading, which affected her grades. It also lowered her self esteem because Ellie couldn’t keep up with the rest of her class.