Thousands of children visit the eye clinic every year. Still many skip needed visits. Our children get eye exams as newborn babies. Then again at the annual pediatric well check. In some school systems eye exams are routine. Aside from these vision typically goes unchecked.
Many parents assume their child will verbalize eye issues to them.
Unfortunately, eye problems often show up in other areas first. Knowing what to look for in your child’s behavior at home and at school will help you become aware of any eyesight problems they may be facing.
Here are 7 signs your child may need an eye exam.
Unable to see the classroom board
Many sight problems are discovered in the school setting. If you child complains to you or the teacher of not being able to see the board in class this is a tell-tale sign of vision issues.
Sitting too close to the TV or to their devices
The young generation is being raised in the digital age. If you notice your child sitting very close to the television in order to see the picture, an eye exam could be in order. Likewise, if they hold their handheld gaming device or cell phone very close to their face, there could be vision problems behind it.
Headaches are common in impaired vision. In fact there is a form of migraine specifically related to vision called Migraine with Ocular Aura. If your child complains of headaches that are not alleviated with common OTC medications or other home remedies you may want to consider eye issues as the possible culprit.
Reading with their finger as a guide
If you notice that your child is unable to read written text without using their finger as a guide they could have trouble clearly seeing that text.
Tilting their head
Tilting of the head is a common symptom of impaired vision. Eyesight problems often result in what is termed “double vision.” Tilting one’s head usually alleviates the double vision and enables the person to see more clearly. Become very observant to see if your child using this tactic to help themselves view things around them more clearly.
Covering or closing one eye
If you yourself have vision problems you understand there is normally one “good eye.” Children learn to compensate for vision problems naturally by covering or closing the inferior eye. This is a temporary fix enabling them to see better for a specific amount of time. For example, to watch a television show they’re interested in.
It takes a lot of effort to make use of eyes that aren’t operating at full speed. This easily tires out children. If your child constantly rubs their eyes, schedule an eye exam. Eye issues cause fatigue and could be draining your child, hence the eye rubbing.
Adequate vision is an essential tool for learning at home and at school. If you notice your child exhibiting any of these 7 signs, call us today for an eye exam.
If you have recently noticed a decline in the quality of your eyesight, then visit Tri-County Eye Clinic. We offer a wide range of vision products and services in Biloxi, Mississippi and the surrounding area.
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