These days, a large portion of childhood learning in the classroom is taught using visual aids. That means if your child has a possible vision problem, they will most definitely be impacted in their development and learning.
Children will often have no idea that they even have a vision problem nor will they speak out about learning difficulties they are having at school. Which is why it is so important to be able to identify and look for some of the trigger signs and address them early
What to look for
- Squints or blinks often.
- Rubs her eyes when they are not sleepy or suffering allergies.
- Closes one eye to see better
- Avoids close, near-vision activities like scribbling, coloring, playing board games, or doing schoolwork.
- Has trouble seeing small objects at a distance or reading the blackboard in school.
- Has trouble following an object with his eyes.
- Complains of headaches or tired eyes
- Doesn’t like bright lights
- Looks cross-eyed, eyes turn out, or eyes don’t seem to work in unison.
- Redness in eyes that doesn’t go away after a few days and is accompanied by pain or sensitivity to light.
- Has a droopy eyelid that never fully opens.
- Has white, grayish-white, or yellowish material in the pupil of her eyes (cloudy).
- Has difficulty seeing at night or in low light.
- Has one eye that appears larger than the other, or pupils of different sizes.
- Is not able to distinguish certain colors (red from green, for example).
- Has difficulty seeing objects that are potential hazards, such as steps, curbs, and walls.
Once you have gone through the items above, and if you feel you’ve discovered your child has one or several of these symptoms.
It is recommended you book your child in for an eye examination as soon as possible. Many schools offer an in-school examination but be aware it is not as thorough as an eye exam by an Optometrist that specialises in eyecare for children. Regardless if your child has vision difficulties or not, children should have an eye exam by no later than 6 months old, then again by age 3 years, and just before starting school. School-age children need an exam every two years after that if they have no visual problems. However, if your child requires eyeglasses or contact lenses, schedule visits every 12 months is normal.