As kids get back to school this year, it is important that parents and teachers are alert for subtle signs that could detect vision loss. Often times when a child is struggling in school, it may be that a vision problem is to blame. Look for these signs in your child:
* Squinting- This is a compensation mechanism that allows the child to see more clearly through a smaller field of vision. Squinting reduces the amount of blurriness and sharpens images. However it is only a temporary fix and can lead to further problems such as eye strain or headaches.
* Tilting the head to one side- This may be due to an imbalance in the eye muscles or strabismus more commonly called “lazy eye.” This condition can cause double vision and tilting the head corrects it.
* Sitting too close to the television or computer screen- We’ve all heard sitting too close to the TV will ruin your vision. However if your child starts getting closer and closer to the screen it may be a sign of nearsightedness. Covering one eye to watch TV or read is also a sign of vision problems as the child is just using the good eye to see.
* Losing place while reading
* Excessive tearing
* Rubbing eyes
* Light sensitivity
* Complaints of frequent headaches
If you notice any signs or your child complains of any vision problems, make an appointment with your eye doctor right away. Don’t let vision problems go untreated as they could lead to further eye damage or learning problems.