the importance of optometry exams

Three Simple Signs Your School-Aged Child Has A Vision Impairment

Regular checkups by a doctor, sufficient exercise, and eating a well-balanced diet will help your child live a healthy, happy lifestyle. Unfortunately, most parents do not place enough importance on the underlying health of their child's eyes and vision. Good vision is crucial to your child's lifestyle and success, so understanding if they require vision correction early in life is essential. If you are noticing one or more of the following signs, your school-aged child most likely has a vision impairment.

Viewing Too Closely

One of the most obvious signs that your child has a vision problem is if they are viewing a book, TV, or computer screen too closely.

If your child is unable to see images and words without leaning in closely, they probably are nearsighted. Wearing prescription eyeglasses or contacts will help them see more clearly without moving up close to the screen.

Struggling In School

Struggling in school could be a symptom of numerous issues. Your child may have a learning disability or is suffering from an emotional/social issue that needs to be addressed. However, dropping grades or difficulty learning may also be a sign of a vision problem.

Eighty percent of what a child learns in school is presented visually, meaning teachers use memo, chalk, and smart boards to educate students. If your child is unable to see the information presented visually, they will have a difficult time learning and comprehending the lessons.

If your child's grades are slipping, schedule an appointment with an optometrist to have their vision tested. With proper diagnosis and vision correction, your child will be able to see and learn in a more effective manner.

Closing/Crossing One Eye

Children who are farsighted may begin to close, cross, or turn in/out one eye while viewing an object or screen. Known as Strabismus, the condition affects the eyes' ability to look at the same place at the same time.

Strabismus may occur in patients who are farsighted, but it can also affect individuals with poor eye muscles. Your child's optometrist may recommend patching the good eye to strengthen the eye with the poor vision. If the doctor determines your child's eye muscles are weak, surgery may be necessary to repair the strabismus.

With early diagnosis and treatment, your child can enjoy healthy eyes and proper vision. If you are noticing one of these signs, contact an eye doctor like those found at Dr. Charles A. Richards, O.D. today.