Data compiled by the American Optometric Association shows that upwards of 80% of a child's school-based learning is through visual inputs. And, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development have found that around 1 out of 10 school-aged children have a vision issue that seriously compromises their education.
Spotting Vision Issues in Children
While the only way to truly identify a vision issue in a child is through a comprehensive eye exam, there are a few "red flags" you should watch out for.
Visit with an optometrist if you notice your child:
- Rubbing eyes often
- Complaining of blurred vision
- Squinting to read or view objects
- Mentions a double-vision issue
- Can only tolerate reading for short periods of time
- Has issues keeping up with reading assignments
- Covers one eye to examine an object
- Holds items close to the eyes in order to examine/read
- Experiences headaches when reading
- Frequently loses their place when reading
Most Issues are Not Caught by School Vision Screenings
While vision screenings at school are a good start, most refractive errors can only be detected through a comprehensive eye exam. If your child is struggling in school, or you notice any of the previously mentioned signs, contact Pycraft Family Eye Care to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.