Some children are struggling to read properly because they have an eye problem. This article will explain a recent case of a child that is now reading much better because of a simple (and free!) trip to Redgate Opticians in High Wycombe.

Author : Ahmed Hilmi BSc Optometry (Hons)


A parent recently brought their child in to us for the first time, during which I asked how they were doing at school, the parent commented “he is a bit behind, he struggles with reading”. I asked the child he said he feels the words move on the page and he struggles to keep focus.

I completed my examination and found the problem.

The problem was the eye muscles were not strong enough to turn inwards to see things up close. We call this a “Convergence Insufficiency”. This problem can be solved with simple exercises. I explained how to do the exercises, the parent couldn’t believe this problem could be solved without glasses. I reassured her and explained we would see them again in a month.

I recently followed up the child, the difference is amazing. He is now able to read much more fluently and enjoys reading again. I told them to keep up with the exercises for another month.

Every child really needs to have a check at least once every two years, but if your child is having a problem reading or complaining about their eyes or vision, please bring them in immediately.

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Ahmed Hilmi
Author : Ahmed Hilmi

Ahmed is an Optometrist with over 15 years experience. He is the senior Optometrist at Redgate Opticians in High Wycombe and is also currently working for the John Radcliffe Eye Clinic.

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