Check Yearly. See Clearly. 7 Signs Your Child May Have a Vision Problem
Being an adult is a big responsibility. Being a parent is an even bigger responsibility. You are no longer just responsible for your health and well-being; you are also responsible for the little life you brought into this world. We know parents have a lot to learn in a short period of time about children’s health...and it can be stressful and confusing!! Today, you can relax! In honor of Save Your Vision Month, we have gathered all the signs you should look for to help determine if your child has a vision problem. First things first: How old should your child be when you take them for their first vision checkup? This is a common question and most people are surprised to hear the answer is 6 months! It is important to have your eye doctor check your child’s eyes to make sure they are developing correctly and there are no problems. Considering 80% of everything children learn comes through their eyes, your child could have difficulties learning and interacting with the world around them if a vision problem isn't detected and corrected1. Below are 7 common signs children might exhibit if they have a vision problem: 1. Dislike or avoidance of reading 2. Short attention span 3. Poor coordination when throwing or catching a ball, copying from chalkboard, or tying their shoes 4. Placing their head close to their books or sitting close to the TV 5. Excessive blinking or eye rubbing 6. Using finger or pencil to guide eyes 7. Decreasing performance in school As you can see, some of these symptoms sound very similar to the symptoms displayed by children who have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. If your child has displayed any of these symptoms please contact your eye doctor and schedule an appointment ASAP. 1. "ThinkAboutYourEyes.com." Your Kid's Vision. Web. 06 Mar. 2012. .