Recently, you wrote about a 9-year-old who hated to read. You might also have suggested that her vision be checked. My granddaughter at the same age appeared to be bright and creative but was having much difficulty learning to read. We found that she was experiencing so much double vision that it was difficult for her to decode words. With the help of a vision professional and much support and extra reading time, she has begun to make good progress. - Retired Elementary Teacher


Vision problems are rarely the cause of reading difficulties, but they can be. When children experience reading problems, it makes good sense to have their vision checked. In fact, it is best if it is done before they are exposed to reading instruction. And when reading problems occur, it also is sensible to have children's hearing checked. Not being able to hear sounds distinctly can make learning phonics close to impossible.