Vision is imperative for your child’s learning process. Many people do not realize the importance of eye health in school-aged children. Classroom performance can be impacted as well as your child’s overall well being when vision problems go undetected. Sometimes as a parent you may not always attribute your child’s low grades, behaviour problems and frustration on visual problems. There are many different types of eye problems, not only visual impairment. It’s important to have your child’s vision examined annually and keep a vigilant watch for these signs below:
Tilting Head Is your child tilting their head or covering one eye to increase visual clarity? This may be a sign that your child’s eyes are misaligned. Amblyopia or lazy eye, common in children, may also be the reason for this type of behaviour.
Difficulty Following when Reading Is your child having difficulty following when reading? If your child often loses their place or skip lines while reading, this may be a sign strabismus or astigmatism. Some of the symptoms of strabismus are double vision and uncoordinated eye movements making it difficult to follow when reading. Astigmatisms which causes blurry vision could also be a reason.
Excessive Tearing Lagophthalmos is a condition that many kids have. This is a condition when the eyelids do not completely close when they are sleeping. This can cause excessive tearing when they are awake causing problems with their vision.
Rubbing Eyes Is your child constantly rubbing their eyes? They may have a medical condition like allergic conjunctivitis or may be a sign of many types of eye problems. Allergic conjunctivitis causes itching and redness as well as watery discharge making it difficult to see.
Sitting too close to the TV Does your child sit very close to the TV while watching their favourite show? Or hold the iPad to very closely to their face when playing games? This may be a sign that they have nearsighted vision. When objects are far way they appear blurred.
Complaining of Headaches Headaches are a symptom of overexerting the eyes to increase clarity in their vision. If they are straining their eyes to see while they are at school, they may complain about headaches later in the day.
If your child is showing signs of any of the above, head to your optometrist asap! And not to worry, we have a nice selection of cool eyeglasses for your kids that are Rx ready.