SIGNS THAT YOUR CHILD HAS VISION PROBLEMS

  • Healthy eyes & good vision are essential for your child’s growth & development.
  • In fact, learning is 80% visual, which means a child’s success in school, athletics & many
    other aspects of life can be impacted by poor vision.
  • Good vision goes beyond how far you can see & also includes a number of other skills
    such as visual processing & eye movement abilities.
  • Often times vision deficiencies are at the root of learning problems & behavioral issues &
    may unfortunately go unchecked & misdiagnosed.
  • Remember, if your child is having trouble in school, an eye exam & a pair of prescription
    glasses is a much easier solution than treating a learning disorder or ADHD; yet many
    people fail to check that first.
  • It is common for children to think that their vision deficiency is normal & therefore they often won’t report it to parents or teachers.
  • That is why it is even more important to know what to look for. Here are some signs that your child may have a vision problem:
    1. Squinting or blinking often
    2. Eye rubbing
    3. Tilting the head to the side
    4.
    Covering one eye
    5. One eye that turns out or in
    6. Reporting double vision
    7. Holding books or reading materials very close to the face

 Behavioral Signs

  • Complaining of headaches or eye fatigue
  • Short attention span
  • Difficulty reading
  • Losing their place frequently when reading
  • Avoiding reading or any activity that requires close work
  • Problems with reading comprehension or recall
  • Behavioral issues that stem from frustration &/or boredom
  • Poor performance & achievement in school or athletics
  • Working twice as hard to achieve minimal performancein school

  • Another issue is that many parents & teachers think that a school vision screening is
    sufficient to assess a child’s vision, so if that test comes back okay, they believe there is
    no vision problem. This however, is far from the case.
  • A school vision test usually only assesses visual acuity for distance vision or how far a
    child can see.
  • Even a child with 20/20 vision can have significant vision problems that prevent them from seeing, reading & processing visual information.
  • Every child of school age should have comprehensive eye & vision exams on a regular
    yearly basis to assess their eye & vision health & ensure that any issues are addressed
    as soon as possible.li>

It’s also important to have an exam before entering kindergarten
as undetected lazy eye
may be more complicated to treat past seven years of age.

  • Some of the issues the eye doctor may look for, in addition to good visual acuity, are the
    ability to focus, eye teaming & tracking, visual perception, hand-eye coordination, depth perception & peripheral vision.
  • They will also assess the health of the eye & look for any underlying conditions that may be impairing vision.
  • Depending on the problem the eye doctor may prescribe eyeglasses, contact lenses or
    vision therapy to correct the issue.

During the school years

  • A child’s eyes & vision continue to develop & change so it is important to continually check
    in on your child’s vision.
  • If you have a family history of vision problems, follow-ups are even more important.
  • Progressive conditions like progressive myopia, strabismus (crossed eyes), amblyopia
    (lazy eye) or astigmatism can be treated & monitored for changes with early treatment so
    it’s important to seek a doctor’s diagnosis as soon as signs or symptoms are present.
  • Make sure that your child has the best possible chances for success in school & add a comprehensive eye exam to your back to school to-do list.


 


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