Signs & Symptoms of Eye Issues in Children

Submitted by Pycraft Family… on Mon, 10/28/2019 - 9:00am
Eyes issues in children

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.