It’s not always apparent when vision becomes impaired. Unfortunately, difficulties at school may be the fist time vision problems become apparent. Vision for distance and reading are essential for learning. Poor vision can lead to frustration, not to mention poor grades or shorter attention span.
The following signs may help detect possible vision problems before they impact school performance.
Squinting is an easy way to temporarily improve vision and may be a clear sign that your child may be compensating for poor distance vision.
- Moving Close to See:
Moving closer to the television to see is a sign of poor distance vision.
- Covering One Eye:
Covering one eye to read may be an indication that one eye has poorer vision than the other. If untreated, the likelihood of “lazy eye” (amblyopia) may increase.
- Rubbing Eyes:
Rubbing one’s eyes can be a sign of eye fatigue and any number of vision problems.
- Frequent Headaches:
Uncorrected farsighted vision can often lead to frontal headaches. This happens because of the extra effort needed to overcome blurry vision.
- Excessive Tearing:
A condition called lag opthalmus can cause eyes to dry out at night and cause excessive tearing during the day.
- Sensitivity to Light:
Squinting one eye when exposed to bright sunlight could be a sign of light sensitivity.
Since children don’t have the life experience to know they should see more clearly and they may not complain of symptoms, it’s up to parents to catch any warning signs.
If you detect any warning signs, call our eye care professionals at 877-871-1684 and schedule an eye exam for your child.
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