According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO), over 25% of school aged children have vision problems. Unfortunately, many of the warnings signs of vision issues in our kids are extremely subtle and often go unnoticed. In many cases, parents simply believe that eye condition warning signs are normal behaviour for their child, or something they don't need to worry about (with studies from the CAO showing that over 60% of parents mistakenly believe they would know if their child has a vision problem).
With that in mind, below are 10 common symptoms that may indicate your child has a vision issue:
1. Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
2. Losing their place while reading or using their finger as a guide when reading
3. Squinting or tilting the head to see better
4. Frequent eye rubbing
5. Sensitivity to light and/or excessive tearing
6. Closing one eye to read, watch TV, or see clearer
7. Avoiding activities which require near vision (such as reading or homework) or distance vision (such as participating in sports or other recreational activities)
8. Complaining of headaches or tired eyes
9. Avoiding using a computer because it hurts their eyes
10. Receiving lower grades than usual
While displaying these symptoms may not necessarily mean your child has an eye condition, it is important that you book a complete eye exam as soon as you notice any change in their vision. The earlier eye problems are detected, the more effectively they can be treated.
To book an eye exam for your child, contact a Visique clinic near you.