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5 Hidden Signs of Vision Problems in Children

5 Hidden Signs of Vision Problems in Children

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Keep an Eye Out for These Often Overlooked Symptoms— 

The school year is well under way, which means you’ve most likely crossed every ‘t’ and dotted every ‘i’ on your list to ensure that your children are prepped for success. But, while the stylish backpack, the new clothes, and the much-needed supplies are important, there is another essential that you may have overlooked: their vision. As your little scholars continue to read, write, grow, and learn, be sure to keep an eye out for these 5 hidden signs of eye problems:
  1. Rubs eyes a lot, tilts head or thrusts head forward, blinks more than usual, or squints eyes
  2. Has trouble reading or doing other close-up work, or holds objects close to eyes to see
  3. Seems cranky when doing close-up work or complains of dizziness, a headache or feeling nauseous when doing close-up work
  4. Says their eyes feel itchy or their eyes feel like they are burning
  5. Closes or covers one eye
More signs of eye problems in children  

Help Your Child Succeed—In and Out of the Classroom

Vision plays an important role in your child’s physical, mental, and social development. And since uncorrected vision problems can impair child development, interfere with learning, and even lead to permanent vision loss, early detection and treatment of eye problems are critical. Scheduling a vision screening or comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist or ophthalmologist is a smart, proactive way to ensure that your child has the best chance at enjoying a lifetime of healthy vision. For more information on how you can help your child see well to learn and grow, visit the Prevent Blindness website.