Scoring Better on the SATs

Is your child not doing well on standardized testing? It may not be their fault – a new study was released explaining that your child may be scoring lower because of difficulty answering a multiple choice bubble sheet.
In this study, the time taken to complete a multiple-choice answer form by children with amblyopia and strabismus was assessed to determine their fine-motor skills. A total of 47 children with amblyopic strabismus, anisometropia, or both, 18 children with non-amblyopic strabismus, and 20 normal controls were enrolled between May 2014 and November 2017. Compared with the control group, children with amblyopia and strabismus took significantly longer transferring provided correct answers to the multiple-choice form.
The authors attributed this to fine-motor deficits and stressed that performance on standardized tests could be affected.
The good news is that both conditions can be diagnosed and treated at all ages from an infant to senior adults by Vision Therapy.
Dr. Marran, a developmental optometrist, specializes in diagnosing and treating vision problems beyond just needing glasses. She screens for these problems in a standard vision exam for which all children are covered by some form of insurance. Give our office a call so we can schedule your child for a comprehensive eye exam. School screenings do not screen for these problems and often even miss the need for glasses. Call (714) 961-2020 or visit our website at to set an appointment and get more information.