11 signs your child needs an eye test
As kids across the country return to school, as many as one in five could have undetected eye problems that could result in learning challenges. Here are 11 warning signs to look out for in your child’s vision.
“Vision problems can make learning difficult and stressful. This could be contributing to potential learning difficulties in reading, writing, viewing a whiteboard, computer use and other classroom activities.”
Which is why, he says, it’s crucial children have their eyes tested regularly.
“It’s particularly important for children starting school. If kids have an eye problem at a young age, blurred vision may be their norm so they won’t think anything is wrong and may assume that’s how everyone sees.
“Most common vision problems among school-aged children can, with early detection, be easily managed or corrected by an optometrist. Eye examinations with an optometrist take only half an hour and are eligible for a Medicare rebate,” Mr McPherson said.
While an eye test is the most thorough way to identify any vision problems, there are a number of signs that may indicate a child is having problems with their sight. Some are easy to spot, some are a little more difficult.
What to look out for:
- Frequent blinking, or rubbing the eyes
- Red or watery eyes
- Sore or tired eyes
- Blurry vision, double vision
- Problems concentrating on, or understanding what they have been reading
- Difficulties with reading, such as skipping words, losing their place, confusing words
- Holding things close to read or see
- Tilting or turning the head when looking at something
- One eye turning in or out
- Squinting, or not being able to recognise people or things at a distance.
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