When an adult begins experiencing vision problems, it’s relatively easy for them to notice and articulate exactly what they’re experiencing. Children in the same position often aren’t able to communicate this.
How can a young child tell that they aren’t able to see as clearly as they should? Fortunately for parents and other caregivers, there are five signs that can indicate a problem with a child’s eyesight.
Frustration and complaints
Many children have myopia. This means that they have difficulty seeing things far away. While the severity may vary from child to child, it often worsens until the child’s early twenties.
Sometimes, children will complain of being unable to see things that are at a further distance. Trips to movies, parks, and even stores can be difficult and frustrating for them. If a child complains that objects look blurry or difficult to read, it’s time for an eye exam.
Squinting and straining to see can result in physical symptoms. Children who complain of headaches, irritated eyes, or eye fatigue after having to focus on objects may be exhibiting signs of myopia, even if they don’t mention being unable to see clearly.
Reports from teachers
Teachers are often the first to notice when kids have trouble seeing, especially when children are unable to see the whiteboard or read their assignments. If a teacher says a child seems to be squinting, straining, or exhibiting other problems seeing in class, they will likely mention this to you.
Sitting too close
While damaging one’s eyesight by sitting too close to a television or computer screen is not true, children who aren’t able to see clearly will frequently sit closer in order to compensate.
If a child routinely sits closely to screens, it’s wise to get him or her checked to rule out myopia.
Lastly, regular eye exams are the best indication of whether or not a child is developing vision problems. Doctors recommend that children receive vision screenings every two years from the age of one. Some schools may offer them for free, though a follow-up visit with an optometrist will still be needed if any problems are found.
Bad eyesight can impact a child’s performance in school and ability to play, read, or watch movies. While scientists still aren’t sure what causes vision problems, parents that spot one or more of these signs can help their children get the vision correction they need.
Informational credit to Optometrists Clinic Inc.
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