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Dyslexia or Vision Problems?

Did you know that some common signs of Dyslexia could be simple vision problems?

dyslexia-treatmentHere at the Vision Potential clinic we are often approached by parents or people concerned that their child, or they, may be dyslexic because they are experiencing common symptoms of the condition.
What many people do not know however, is that common and correctable vision problems can cause the same or very similar problems as dyslexia and that simple diagnosis and treatment or corrective lenses can often make a big difference to vision quality. Whilst we cannot diagnose Dyslexia, we can test for the common vision problems that can cause similar issues.
That is why patients at our practice in Browns Plains on the Southside of Brisbane fill out a simple, 20 point questionnaire about their or their child's vision which includes a list of common Dyslexia/Vision Problem symptoms. You can see the list at the bottom of this article. 

"My child reverses words and letters..."

This concern is probably one of the most frequent because it is the most commonly recognised as a sign of dyslexia in children or adults. Just because you or your child reverses words or letters when reading, this does not guarantee that they are dyslexic. Many common vision problems that we look for during our comprehensive eye examinations can cause the same problem.

In many cases where this mixing up words and letters is caused by a vision problem and not by dyslexia, our Vision Therapy treatment options and/or corrective lenses can eliminate this and improve vision and reading. 

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What to do next?

dyslexia-symptomsWhilst many of these symptoms are simliar or the same as one another, it is still very important that you or your child are assesed by a healthcare professional qualified in the diagnosis of Dyslexia in addition to a comprehensive vision test.

At Vision Potential we strive for the best possible outcome for all of our patients and are certainly not advocating that all Dyslexics have a Vision Problem or that Dyslexia is simply incorrectly diagnosed vision issues.

In most cases, there are two likely outcomes.

1. Your child or you are not Dyslexic but may require some form of vision correction or therapy to address the symptoms which are similar to Dyslexia.

2. Your or your child's symptoms are not only caused by an untreated vision problem and may be caused by Dyslexia. You should always seek an diagnosis from a medical professional and if Dyslexia is the cause, corrective lenses and/or Vision Therapy can still be beneficial. 

Dyslexia is very real, however in some cases we have become aware that some children have been diagnosed with Dyslexia and have never had their eyes examined by a Behavioural Optometrist. 

Regardless of the cause, comprehensive behavioural examination means that our Optometrist can asses the causes of this vision problem and offer treatment options including Vision Therapy, Glasses for the classroom and tinted glasses for the classroom, homework and computer and more.


Common  symptoms comparison



Experiences dizziness, headaches or stomach aches while reading.

Dizziness or nausea associated with near work

Print moves around the page


Words run together when reading

Letter and word reversals


Letter and word reversals

Reads and rereads with little comprehension


Skips words and lines having to reread text

Poor comprehension

Comprehension declining over time

Can Lack Depth perception

Depth perception can be poor

May have poor peripheral vision

Can have poor peripheral vision

Poor sequencing

Poor memory for sequences and facts

Poor handwriting

Difficulty copying from the chalkboard and may have poor  messy handwriting with problems aligning digits in columns

Confuses words with similar beginnings

Confuses words with similar beginnings

Like to know more? See us for an eye test you can contact us online or call us on (07) 3800 1988 today.



We have current safety practices in place in accordance with Government regulations during this time of COVID 19.

We have currently shifted but are still providing eye testing for Glasses, treatment of red eye, contact lenses, reduced vision and Vision training.

We have shifted practice location but are still providing services to patients including:

  • Testing
  • Vision Training
  • Frames and lenses
  • General Eye health
  • Contact lenses

If you or members of your family are experiencing eyestrain due to the increase time on devices and computers or suffering sore eyes, red eyes or loss of vision please call as soon as possible.