If your child is struggling at school, this could be due to vision problem. A child who is unable to see the blackboard clearly or finds it difficult to focus on the work at his desk will soon become frustrated. If you notice any of these signs in your child, you should seek an appointment for an eye examination.
The doctor may determine that your child is nearsighted or farsighted, vision problems that are easily corrected.
Following are some of the symptoms in children which should alert you to consult an eye doctor.
1. Sitting too close to the television
Nearsighted people have clear vision at a close range and poor vision at a distance. Sitting very close to the television or lowering the head while reading is often a sign of nearsightedness. Moving closer to an object brings the object to their clear focal point and makes the image larger.
2. Turning or Tilting the head to one side
Tilting the head can be a sign of an eye muscle imbalance or squint. A child may have double vision when looking in a certain direction and tilting the head may minimize the double vision.
Squinting is like looking through a pinhole. Peeking through a small opening reduces the size of the blurred image on the back of the retina and this temporarily improves vision.
4. Losing place while reading
Skipping lines or losing your place while reading can be a sign of a vision problem.
5. Covering one eye to read or watch television
A child who covers one eye to read is simply shutting the eye with the poorer vision off so that it does not interfere with their vision. An uncorrected vision problem in one eye can increase a child's risk of developing lazy eye or amblyopia. Covering one eye can also be a sign of double vision caused by squint.
6. Excessive blinking or rubbing eyes
Rubbing the eyes is a sign of eye fatigue and can be a sign of all types of vision problems. Medical conditions such as allergic conjunctivitis can also cause vision problems.