Visual Risk Assessment Tool


As a species, I doubt we evolved specifically to end up using computers, smart devices, and other sustained near-point activities. The signs of visual strain are common, but often go undetected or ignored. Use this tool to do a quick assessment of risk for yourself or your child.  If the result shows further care is indicated, you will almost certainly feel the benefits of comprehensive vision care. Like the most comfortable pair of shoes you’ve ever worn; applied to vision, this means a whole new world of comfort and freedom that can only be lived to be truly appreciated. You owe it to yourself and your child to pursue optimal visual function and health. Remove the obstacles to living and learning: It’s a kind and prudent thing to do.

Quick Assessment Tool

Print this list off: Quick Dx

Put a mark beside each item that applies to you or your child. If the results indicate a likely problem, write to info @ to book an appointment. This is especially important if you are a student or work with books, paper, or computers. Bring this paper with you to the appointment.

  1. ___Children: Have any concern of learning or reading disability. Counts as 21.
  2. ___Skip lines while reading or copying
  3. ___Lose your place while reading or copying
  4. ___Skip words while reading or copying
  5. ___Substitute words while reading or copying
  6. ___Reread words or lines
  7. ___Reverse letters, numbers or words
  8. ___Use a finger or marker to keep place while reading/writing
  9. ___Read very slowly
  10. ___Poor reading comprehension (unless read to)
  11. ___Difficulty remembering what has been read
  12. ___Low reading tolerance, can only read for a brief time
  13. ___Hold your head too close when reading/writing (within 7-8″)
  14. ___Squint, close or cover one eye while reading
  15. ___Unusual posture (head turn/tilt) when reading/writing
  16. ___Headaches following reading/computer work
  17. ___Eyes that hurt or feel tired after close work, like phone use or crafts
  18. ___Feel unusually tired after completing a visually intensive task
  19. ___Double vision: Up and down (vertical)? Side to side (horizontal)? Both (diagonal)?
  20. ___Notice vision blurs at distance when looking up from near work (or the reverse)
  21. ___Have crooked or poorly spaced writing
  22. ___Notice that print seems to move or go in and out of focus
  23. ___Have poor spelling skills
  24. ___Notice that letters or lines “run together” or words “jump” when reading
  25. ___Misalign letters or numbers
  26. ___Make errors when copying
  27. ___Have difficulty tracking moving objects
  28. ___Notice unusual clumsiness, poor concentration
  29. ___Have difficulty with sports involving good hand-eye coordination
  30. ___Have an eye that turns in or out, up or down
  31. ___See more clearly with one eye than the other
  32. ___Feel sleepy while reading
  33. ___Dislike visual tasks requiring sustained concentration
  34. ___Avoid near tasks such as reading (with children, they might fight you on homework).
  35. ___Confuse right and left directions
  36. ___Become restless when working at a desk
  37. ___Find you must “feel” things to see them
  38. ___Experience carsickness, especially when reading while a passenger in a moving car
  39. ___Experience unusual (frequent or forced) blinking
  40. ___Experience unusual eye rubbing
  41. ___Experience dry eyes
  42. ___Experience watery eyes
  43. ___Experience red eyes
  44. ___Have eyes that are bothered by/sensitive to light



• 15-20 points total = Possible functional vision problems

• 21-30 points total = Probable functional vision problems

• Over 30 points total = Definite functional vision problems

• 15+ total points = Functional vision evaluation recommended