How to Tell If Your Child Needs an Eye Examination

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Regardless of your child’s age, it’s essential to maintain regular eye examinations. Parents need to understand how much good vision impacts the child’s ability to learn and develop. Vision affects the child’s performance both inside and outside of their schoolroom. So, if there are any issues with the child’s eyes, then it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Signs Your Child is Having Vision Problems

As a parent, watch for these signs to see if your child is experiencing vision problems and might need to see an eye doctor:

  • Squinting:Do you notice that your child squints their eyes when looking at a book, screen, or any other object? It could be a refractive error that is affecting the child’s eyesight. Squinting is a coping mechanism that temporarily improves their visual focus.
  • Excessive Eye Rubbing:While it’s common for children to rub their eyes when they are tired or emotional, excessive eye rubbing throughout the day could be an indication of an eye problem. Eye rubbing often indicates eye strain or fatigue, or it could be a symptom of eye allergies.
  • Sitting Too Close to a Screen:How close does the child sit to the television or computer? How close is the child looking at their handheld devices? If they are lowering their head or moving closer and closer, it could be a sign of poor vision.
  • Covering One Eye or Tilting Their Head:If the child’s eyes are misaligned, then they might compensate by tilting their head to the side to change the angle of their vision. This symptom could be an indication of one of the most common eye conditions affecting children: lazy eye (also known as amblyopia).
  • Difficulty in School:Has your child recently started struggling in school? One possible cause is a change in their vision. Students must be able to adapt quickly to keep up with the different things happening around the classroom on the whiteboard, screens, textbooks, and more. So, sometimes vision problems manifest as difficulty focusing on schoolwork.
  • Headaches:When a child is often complaining about headaches, it could be a sign of vision problems. In addition to working with a pediatrician to identify the cause of the headaches, also take your child in for an eye examination to see if blurred vision is affecting this symptom.

Any time you have questions about your child’s vision or eye health, our team is here to assist. Contact us at Temecula Creek Optometry to book an appointment and learn more about available services: (951) 302 -1331.

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