How Do You Know That Your Child Has Vision Problems?
Spoiler: get them checked out. You know how the story ends, but you’re still going to read it. When kids start having problems at school, vision is the last thing parents consider. It just doesn’t come to mind, although even small defects can have severe consequences.
So here are ten signs that there’s a problem:
- Complaining about headaches. The children are straining their eyes to focus, and that’s the reason their heads hurt.
- Eye fatigue after reading. This could be the reason the child doesn’t want to read, and not because they’re “lazy”.
- Poor athletic ability. Slow reaction time, clumsy, and bad eye-hand coordination.
- Blinking or even closing one eye. By itself, a sly, squinty expression isn’t dangerous, but the child may be subconsciously trying to make the pupil smaller, permitting less light to enter. This improves blurred focus.
- Frequent blinking. The child rubs their eyes, trying to concentrate on reading or another activity that requires attentiveness.
- Poor reading comprehension, reads the same sentence several times, too easily and willingly distracted.
- Low achievement. Children may not tell you that they simply can’t see what the teacher is scribbling on the board.
- Holding their book, telephone, or tablet too close to the eyes. Sitting close to a screen, contrary to popular belief, does not harm the eyes. But if a child goes out of their way to get too close, then it’s probably myopia.
- They lose their place reading and then trace the lines with their finger.
- Their eyes are in constant motion and not focused on the person they’re talking to.
Now, if you ask me which ophthalmologist is best with children, my answer isn’t so difficult to predict.
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