Did you know eye disorders are the most common long-term health problems for children, along with allergies and asthma? Good vision is important for a child’s educational, physical and social development.
With many children suffering from an undetected vision problem, it’s important to be aware of the signs to give every child the best chance of reaching their full potential.
How to spot the problem
Many children aren’t aware they have a vision problem and will generally try to adapt, without knowing they could see better. As a parent, you’re the best person to help find the signs.
Children who are struggling with undetected vision problems often fail to progress well in school. You can use the following checklist to look for the common symptoms that children with vision problems exhibit.
- One eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
- Frequent blinking
- Red or watery eyes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Covering or closing one eye
- Holding a book very close to read
- Squinting or sitting very close when watching television
- Complaints of headaches
- Complaints of blurred or double vision.
If your child displays any of these symptoms, we suggest that you visit or contact your local Lenshop Optometrist as soon as you can.