As an adult, you recognize abnormal health symptoms and take the steps to treat your symptoms. As a parent, however, you have to observe and address your child's health changes on his or her behalf. This task is fairly straightforward with some conditions, like chicken pox or the flu.
However, many childhood conditions are harder to spot, including poor vision. According to the Vision Council of America, between 15% and 20% of preschoolers have refractive vision issues, but more than 60% of children will enter school without having a vision screening.
Below, we discuss signs that can indicate poor vision and the need for a vision screening.
Bringing Media Closer
While plenty of children sit on the floor to watch television, if your child constantly moves closer to media items, he or she may have trouble seeing. You may notice that your child holds books excessively close, leans down to color or draw, or position themselves too close to the TV.
Covering One Eye
If your child has eyes with two different prescriptions, he or she may experience discomfort when trying to focus both eyes simultaneously. In order to get a better look at something, your child may close or cover one eye.
In this case, your child could develop amblyopia or lazy eye. This condition is characterized by the eyes moving out of sync with each other.
Clumsiness can stem from a number of causes, but certain types of clumsiness usually indicate poor vision. For example, if your child often trips on obvious obstacles or has trouble with sports activities, the lack of coordination may be visual rather than physical.
If your child shows abnormal clumsiness, he or she may need a general physical exam in addition to a vision screening since coordination problems could also indicate muscular or neurological issues.
If you have less-than-perfect vision, you probably find yourself squinting when you don't have your corrective lenses available. Your child may not have glasses yet, but the instinct to squint for better visual focus may still show up.
Squinting may happen most often when your child is trying to concentrate on a small object. For example, if your child is old enough to start reading, you may notice that he or she squints at the page.
If you notice any combination of the symptoms listed above, schedule your child's first eye exam with a professional optometrist, such as those found at All About Eyes. The American Optometric Association recommends that children have an initial screening at six months, as well as a screening at about age three.
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