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.
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.