The importance of good vision in children cannot be overemphasized, especially in their learning process. More than 80% of what is taught your child in school is done visually,
and this simply means that if your child has an uncorrected vision problem, it could severely affect his or her academic and social development. So it’s important to look out for warning signs of vision problems in children before it gets too late.
Most children will have difficulty to point out early warning signs of visual problems. That’s why parents and teachers have to be very observant to pick up these signs from the behavior of the children at home and at school.
Early Warning Signs of Vision Problems in Children
Here are 8 warning signs that show that your child might be having vision problems.
If you notice any of these signs, do not overlook them because they’re warning signs. Take your child to the optometrist to get his or her eyes tested, and the appropriate treatment given for optimum vision and better development.
Frequent Eye Rubbing
Children with visual problems are likely to be found frequently rubbing their eyes. This is seen more when they’re trying to concentrate on something or being active while playing.
After learning how to read, children should be able to focus and not lose place whiles reading. So when a child frequently loses place whiles reading or keeps using a finger to guide their eye while reading, it is a sign that something might be wrong with their vision.
Watching TV or Holding a Book Too Close
While it’s a myth that sitting too close to the TV can cause eye problem, it is actually a sign of an eye problem. When a child is consistently sitting too close to the TV, or holding a book too close to the eyes, parents and teachers should suspect possible visual problems.
Sensitivity to light and excessive tearing is a warning sign of vision problems in children. Children who are sensitive to light can have severe eye conditions with headache and nausea as other symptoms.
Closing One Eye to Read or Watch TV
It is not uncommon to find children closing one eye to read a book or watch TV. Parents and teachers should not take this for granted as it suggests a vision problem. This kind of behavior indicate a Refractive error or binocular vision problem, and your child might be seeing double.
Avoiding Digital Gadgets
Children can begin to avoid using the computer or other digital gadgets because it hurts their eyes. This is an indication of a vision problem. Digital eye strain is common among children who are frequent user of digital devices.
Squinting and Head Tilting
Teachers, especially should be on the look out for this sign. Suspect a vision problem when children are squinting or tilting head to watch TV, look at the board, or something far from them. Until an eye exam can be performed, the teacher should consider moving the child closer to the board for better viewing.
Receiving Lower Grades From School
If your child is having a hard time seeing what his teacher writes on the board because of poor vision, he may not tell you about it. But when your child brings a lower grade home, try to ask questions about vision difficulties as well. You maybe surprised to find out that a vision problem is responsible for why your child’s grades can suffer.