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Children may not realize that they have a vision problem – they may think everyone sees the way they do. Many vision problems and eye diseases can be treated if found early!

Be alert for symptoms that may indicate your child has a visual problem:

Preschool Age

  • red, itchy or watery eyes
  • sensitivity to light
  • an eye that turns in or out
  • squinting, rubbing the eyes, or blinking too much
  • a lack of focus
  • covering or closing one eye
  • irritability or short attention span
  • holding objects too close
  • avoiding books and television
  • visible frustration or grimacing

School-age Children

A school-age child uses their eyes constantly in the classroom and at play. At this age, many visual skills are working together to help the child see and understand clearly. When these visual skills are missing or not working properly, your child will need to work harder and may develop headaches or fatigue.

A vision-related problem may cause some of the symptoms described below:

  • headaches or irritability
  • avoidance of near or distance work
  • covering or rubbing of the eyes
  • tilting of the head or unusual posture
  • using a finger to maintain place while reading
  • losing place while reading
  • omitting or confusing words when reading
  • performing below their potential

Good vision is essential for children and youth to reach their full academic potential and ensure their participation in sports and other activities. If you notice any of these symptoms , book an eye exam with an Optometrist (eye doctor).

Your child should have a complete eye exam between 6 and 9 months of age. Children should have at least one eye exam between 2 and 5 years of age, and annually after starting school.

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