According to the experts, a child with undetected vision problems may begin to display an inability to pay attention in class or follow
written instructions. They can begin to miss words that they know or avoid near viewing work altogether. Given the similarities to learning disabilities, it is important for children to receive an eye exam to rule out a vision problem.
Experts suggest that further warning signs of a vision problem include:
- Closing or covering one eye
- Constantly holds materials close to the face
- Tilting head to one side
- Rubbing eyes repeatedly
- One or both eyes turn in or out
- Redness or tearing in eyes
- A disease that affects the whole body such as diabetes, sickle cell or HIV.
- Premature birth
- Developmental delays
The earlier a potential vision problem is detected, the better it is for the child’s development. So, like annual physicals and keeping up with vaccines, professionals suggest that a vision screening or eye exam needs to be a part of every child’s annual well-health care routine.