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OKLAHOMA CITY-- Jonathan enjoys reading with his mom.

But last year, he began to struggle in school. The eleven year old told his mother, he could not see the board where his teacher was writing classroom lessons.

"The board was blurred", says Jonathan, "I couldn't write down pages. I couldn't do my work, and it was becoming a problem because I was getting left behind in class."

Jonathan had basic vision checks in school, but no vision problems were detected.

So his mom, Retha, hoped her son's vision would improve, but it did not.

The family was sent to a pediatric Ophthalmologist at the Dean McGee Eye Institute.

Tests determined Jonathan's eyes have a tendency to drift outward which blurs the boy's vision.

"You can imagine if you have a blurred image, it's really hard to line blurred images up, but if you have a clear image, it's easier to superimpose it", says Dr. Tami Yanovitch, Jonathan's doctor.

Jonathan's vision was corrected by eyeglasses.

Dr. Yanovitch says eye exercises can help Jonathan maintain good focus and alignment of his eyes.

"He may always have a tendency for his eyes to drift out, but he certainly can gain better control of it, and it can be treated so it doesn't cause as many issues or problems", says Dr. Yanovitch.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends parents make sure to add an eye exam to their child's back to school list.

If your child fails a vision screening test, if vision screening is inconclusive, or cannot be performed, or if a pediatrician or school nurse notices abnormal vision, it may be time for more in depth testing.

Jonathan and his family are glad they went to a specialist, and now he can focus on his school work.

"The glasses did correct his vision, and he can see 20/20 now, and he's doing a lot better in school because of it, because he can actually see far away now."