Parents need to know - Signs of Vision Problems in Children
Once school begins, a child’s eyes are subjected to a multitude of stimulants and stressors. Things like reading the boards, working on computers, taking notes and reading course books all take their toll on developing vision. When vision problems go untreated, students grades typically drop as a direct result. The eyes, like any other organ in the body, can develop improperly, contract diseases or develop lifelong conditions.
Be proactive through annual Eye exams!
It is recommended that parents have their child’s vision fully evaluated before each school year begins to test their visual acuity and eye health. Scheduling routine eye examinations before and during their school years will put their best interests first and foremost.
Signs and Symptoms of Vision problems
Vision problems are not uncommon in school-age kids. Approximately one in four children have vision problems that can affect their ability to learn in school. Your child needs the visual acuity to see the board and the eye focus to accurately distinguish people and objects from a range. Without these skills, your child’s learning will not only suffer but they could endanger themselves if they cannot see properly.
Other side effects of untreated vision problems include problems with hand-eye coordination, reading and writing. Kids are very susceptible to refractive errors, a direct cause of blurry and distorted vision. Children often must rely on parents or teachers to identify the symptoms of refractive errors:
- Squinting or tilting to see better
- Frequently rubbing eyes
- Sitting too close to the TV in order to see
- Holding reading material too close to the face
- Light sensitivity
- Excessive tearing
- Avoiding activities that require clear vision such as reading, homework or recreational activities and sports that rely on accurate depth perception
- Complaints of headaches or tired eyes
- Avoiding computer screens or phone screens
If your child or student exhibits any of these symptoms, it’s time for them to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist. A visit to the doctor can accurately determine the cause of a child’s symptoms. A child may have myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or astigmatism. These common vision errors are easily corrected with prescribed glasses or contact lenses.
Take steps to protect your kids eye health,
schedule them an appointment for an eye examination.
For more information or to schedule an eye exam in with Dr. Sanwari, please call our office at (281) 747-1232.
August was declared Children's Eye Health & Safety Month by Prevent Blindness Texas in 2014. This sight-saving program uses a network of offices and volunteers to promote vision care and share information on eye health and safety in an effort to eliminate preventable blindness throughout Texas. For more information or to make a contribution to their cause, visit their Official Website or call 1-888-98-SIGHT.