ReadAlyzer Tracks Eye Movements to Capture Reading Difficulties in Children

When we read, our eyes move in a coordinated fashion. This is called eye tracking.

Eye movements are a combination of short, rapid movements (saccades) and short stops (fixations). Our central vision processes what we see in clear detail, while our peripheral vision locates surrounding text to let us know where to aim our eyes next. 

Sometimes, however, the eyes do not track well. This may cause reading difficulties.

This is when the ReadAlyzer can help.

The ReadAlyzer is an Eye Movement Recording System with automatic analysis and evaluation of eye movements while reading. This device is normally used after we have detected some form of ocular movement dysfunction.

The ReadAlyzer Helps Us Detect Tracking Issues in Your Child

A ReadAlyzer analysis is relatively straightforward and isn’t time consuming.

Special goggles are placed over your child’s eyes like a normal pair of spectacles which have a unique camera that allows us to record and track how their eyes move. While the device is on and recording, your child will be reading an age- or developmentally appropriate passage.

The device will do an evaluation and show us your child’s reading speed. Their answers to questions about the text they have read will help us assess their reading comprehension. This will help determine whether poor eye movements are contributing to your child’s reading difficulties.

Does My Child Need This Test?

If your child dislikes reading or is experiencing reading difficulties, it is very wise to check if a vision problem is the cause. Have them assessed by us as soon as possible.

Our optometrist will test your child’s eyes for visual acuity (clarity), eye teaming, tracking and focusing.

If we discover signs of poor eye control, we may recommend a ReadAlyzer analysis.

Signs Your Child May Have Poor Eye Control
  • Skipping words when reading
  • Using finger or ruler to keep your place while reading
  • Skipping over entire lines in a text
  • Losing place while copying from the board
  • Rereading a sentence a few times before understanding

Note: The ReadAlyzer is currently available only at our Hillsdale and Chullora practices.