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Signs of Eye and Vision Problems

Signs of Eye and Vision Problems

A child may not tell you that he or she has a vision problem because they may think the way they see is the way everyone sees.

Signs that may indicate a child has vision problem include:
• Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
• Short attention span
• Avoiding reading
• Frequent headaches
• Covering one eye
• Tilting the head to one side
• Holding reading materials close to the face
• An eye turning in or out
• Seeing double
• Losing place when reading
• Difficulty remembering what he or she read

When is a Vision Exam Needed?

Your child should receive an eye examination at least once a year or more frequently if specific problems or risk factors exist, or if recommended by your eye doctor.

Unfortunately, parents and educators often incorrectly assume that if a child passes a school screening, then there is no vision problem. However, many school vision screenings only test for distance visual acuity.

A child who can see 20/20 can still have a vision problem. In reality, the vision skills needed for successful reading and learning are much more complex.

Even if a child passes a vision screening, they should receive a comprehensive optometric examination if:

They show any of the signs or symptoms of a vision problem listed above.
They are not achieving up to their potential.
They are minimally able to achieve, but have to use excessive time and effort to do so.

Vision changes can occur without your child or you noticing them.

Therefore, your child should receive an eye examination at least once every two years-more frequently if specific problems or risk factors exist, or if recommended by your eye doctor. The earlier a vision problem is detected and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful. When needed, the doctor can prescribe treatment including eyeglasses, contact lenses or vision therapy to correct any vision problems.

Not sure if your child/children have vision problems? Schedule an eye exam, is free (if done every 12 months)

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Signs of Eye and Vision Problems Ultima modificare: 2018-02-23T07:25:15+00:00 de către Karen

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