Kids that have trouble seeing well don’t always know how to communicate it. Sometimes, they don’t even realize that they don’t see well, and therefore, don’t tell their parents anything. Fortunately, there are several signs that you can keep an eye out for. The most common signs are below:
If you notice that your child is holding a phone or tablet right in front of his face, it’s usually a sign that he can’t see well. You’ll also notice him sitting extremely close to the TV.
A short attention span is often attributed to a learning disability, and sometimes that is the cause. However, sometimes kids don’t pay attention for long because they cannot see what they’re supposed to be paying attention to.
When kids can’t see well, they squint a lot to compensate. This leads to eyestrain and headaches. If your child complains of headaches often, especially after school or reading, it’s a good idea to visit the eye doctor.
If your child isn’t doing well in school, it may be because he can’t see the board or the texts. This will be even more evident if he can vividly recount what his teacher said, but has trouble recalling information he had to read.
While these can also be signs of other potential issues, the easiest to diagnose is vision problems. A pediatric eye care exam can give you the answer you need.
If your child is constantly tired, especially after school or reading, it could be because his eyes have been straining so hard to see. If this fatigue also comes with headaches, it’s an even bigger indicator of vision problems.
When a child with vision problems tries to read, he’ll hold the reading material close to his face. It’s also not hard for him to lose his place or have trouble remembering what he read.
It’s essential to your child’s well-being to visit the eye doctor every year before school and any time you notice any changes in his vision. If you are concerned about your child’s ability to see, schedule an appointment with our optometrist by calling (404) 252-1702.