Summertime is a great time for children to visit the library and enjoy reading. Today’s Vision urges parents to encourage summertime reading and also to observe any signs of vision problems.
A child may not tell you that he or she has a vision problem because they may think the way they see is the way everyone sees. Signs that may indicate a child has vision problem include:
– Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
– Short attention span
– Avoiding reading and other close activities
– Frequent headaches
– Covering one eye
– Tilting the head to one side
– Holding reading materials close to the face
– An eye turning in or out
– Seeing double
– Losing place when reading
– Difficulty remembering what he or she read
Every child should receive a comprehensive eye examination every year before the start of the new school year. Unfortunately, parents and educators often incorrectly assume that if a child passes a school vision screening, then there is no vision problem. However, many school vision screenings only test for distance visual acuity. A child who can see 20/20 can still have a vision problem. In reality, the vision skills needed for successful reading and learning are much more complex.
Vision changes can occur without your child or you noticing them. Therefore, your child should receive a comprehensive eye examination now, prior to the start of the new school year. Please contact our office to schedule the back-to-school exam.