It’s estimated that 1 in 4 children have a vision impairment But kids will often assume that what they’re seeing is normal. As their eyesight changes rapidly as they grow, detecting any vision problems early can prevent future complications occurring. It can also assist your child’s development and learning. So it’s important to have their eyes checked regularly from an early age.
Signs that your child may have a vision problem
Children will quite often assume that what they are seeing is normal and adapt to this vision without realising they’re not seeing clearly or letting anyone know about it. But as a parent, you can learn to recognise signs that may indicate your child has a vision problem and Health Partners can help you do this. If your child is displaying one or more of the signs or symptoms listed below, we recommended that you book them in for an eye examination.
- Eyes point in different directions — one eye points straight while the other turns in or out
- Frequent blinking or squinting
- Red or watery eyes
- Frequent rubbing of eyes
- Tilting of head or closing one eye when reading a book or watching television
- Holding books too close when reading
- Sitting too close when watching television
- Poor hand eye coordination
- Difficulty learning to read
- Struggling to recognise familiar people or objects from a distance
- Complaints of headaches, blurred or double vision.