One in four children have undetected vision problems that can affect a child’s ability to learn and thrive in school.
Sixty percent of children identified as “problem learners” actually suffer from undetected vision problems.
If this semester of school has been a struggle for your child, an undetected vision problem may be the cause. When a student has difficulty focusing on the work at their desk or is unable to see the board clearly they will soon become frustrated and discouraged.
Parents should watch for the following indications that may warn of vision problems. If your child displays any of these signs, schedule an appointment for a full eye exam. The optometrist will perform a series of tests to detect problems that a simple screening could have missed, such as eye coordination, focusing problems, or moderate amounts of farsightedness and astigmatism.
Watch for these top 10 signs your child may need vision correction:
- Squinting to read
- Losing place while reading
- Avoiding close work
- Holds reading material closer than normal
- Tends to rub his or her eyes
- Has headaches
- Tilting the head to use one eye only
- Sitting too close to the television
- rereads or omits words while reading
- Covering one eye to read or watch television
A child’s brain learns how to use eyes to see, just like it learns how to use legs to walk or a mouth to form words. The longer a vision problem goes undiagnosed and untreated , the more a child’s brain has to overcompensate to live with the vision problem, instead of developing and learning normally.
Early detection and treatment provide the very best opportunity to correct vision problems early on.