5 Signs Your Kids Might Have Poor Vision

Signs Your Kid’s Vision Might Be Suffering

Children don’t always know that they have poor vision. Understanding the signs can help you set them up for success. Watch for these five.

When kids have poor eyesight, they often just think that’s how the world looks to everyone. They don’t know any different. And if they do, they don’t always speak up about it. By age 5, every child should have a comprehensive eye exam and they should continue to get one annually. But here are 5 ways to tell if you should schedule an appointment with the eye doctor in between these routine visits.

1. Difficulties in the classroom



If your child can’t see the board, how can they succeed in school? Falling behind in classwork, not participating in group discussion, or struggling at sports could mean your child is having trouble seeing clearly.

2. Regular headaches, fatigue, and general discomfort



Eye problems can lead to a cycle of overall discomfort. When children strain to see clearly, they can get frequent headaches. This pain leaves them frustrated, cranky, unable to concentrate, and exhausted.

3. Aversion to reading or similar activities



When a child has trouble focusing up close, they may get frustrated with reading and doing homework and avoid these activities altogether. But it’s not just about things that are up close. Vision problems could also be the cause if they are avoiding activities that require distance vision, like sports.

4. Speculation from teachers that your child might be hyperactive



Studies show that 60% of students labeled as problem learners actually have undetected vision problems. When children have trouble focusing it can be hard to switch from the board to their desk, making notetaking difficult. They may then tune out and fall behind, which can look like ADHD or something similar. They may also rush through their work, making careless mistakes, just to avoid blurry vision, double vision, headaches, or eye strain.

5. Exhibits unusual behaviors



Sometimes kids with vision trouble blink excessively to clear their vision. This can make their eyes watery, causing them to rub them more. Squinting, head tilting, sitting too close to the TV, or closing one eye are also good signs that it’s time to get an eye test.

Do any of the above seem all too familiar to you? The signs a child may have a vision problem can be mistaken for something else, but a quick eye check-up can help get to the root of the problem. And many vision problems can be easily corrected if caught early. Schedule your child's comprehensive eye exam* today.

So much of a child’s development requires proper vision, but they may not notice or tell you when they’re having trouble seeing clearly. The only way to be sure your child’s eyes are getting the care they need is to schedule regular comprehensive eye exams with a doctor.


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