School-aged children are most at risk of experiencing vision problems that go unnoticed, because they will often assume that their vision is just like everybody else’s.
The good news is that there are some common signs and symptoms that can help us pick up on vision problems in children that could greatly impact on their learning and development, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Be aware of the signs
Keeping an eye out for possible symptoms of a vision problem will ensure that any problems can be detected early to avoid any long-term damage.
- One eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
- Frequent blinking
- Red or watery eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Frequently rubbing eyes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Tilting head noticeably
- Covering or closing one eye
- Difficulty learning to read
- Holding a book very close when reading
- Leaving out confusing words when reading
- Squinting or sitting very close when watching television
- Difficulty recognising familiar people in the distance
- Complaints of headaches, blurred or double vision
Get ahead of the problem
Sending your child for an eye test before they start school gives them the best chance of reaching their full potential in the classroom, on the sports field and in a social setting. Having a comprehensive eye examination early on means your optometrist can monitor your child’s vision as they grow to ensure their vision is developing normally.
Is your child of preschool age?
Book them in for an eye test with one of our experienced optometrists to give them the start they need.