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15 Warning Signs Your Child May Have a Vision Problem

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

Did you know that about 80 percent of what children learn is through visual medium? That means if your child has an uncorrected vision problem, it could severely affect his or her development. Take a look on some warning signs:

Squinting: Squinting or closing one eye to read can be an effort to focus and make objects clearer.

Tilting Head: A signal that vision may be better in one eye than the other.

Sitting Too Close: If your child needs to have books very close to read or sits very close to TV, then it could be a sign of nearsightedness.

Loses Place When Reading: If your kid has a tendency to skip lines or words then it could be a signal of having trouble following an object with his eyes.

Covers or Shuts One Eye: This could be a sign that your kid has problems with focusing on with one eye.

Rubbing Eyes: This is an effort to clear vision or a sign that the vision isn’t clear.

Crossed or “Lazy Eye”: This condition includes blurred vision and poor depth perception.

Frequent Headaches: It could be a sign that the brain is compensating a blurry vision.

Sensitivity to Light: If your kid has increased sensitivity to light then some eye condition might be the culprit.

Easily Distracted: If your kid has a short attention span then it could be a sign of bad vision.

Dislikes Reading: Your kid might be avoiding reading for a reason beyond mischief which could be poor vision.

Low Comprehension: If your kid has problems understanding what they have been reading, then it might be an underlying eye condition.

Errors When Copying: Do you notice any kind of recurrent mistakes in your child’s writing while copying? Then it might be because of poor vision.

Frequently Misses Small Words: This could be a sign of poor tracking.

Prefers to Write Vertically: This could be because of blurry vision and because of lack of eye teaming.

The best way to catch issues is through vision screenings. Immediately take your kid to an optometrist near you.

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