Good vision is important for a child’s educational, physical and social development. With approximately 1 in 5 Australian children either suffering from an undetected vision problem or requiring ongoing assessment, it is important to be aware of the possible signs of a vision problem to give every child the best chance of reaching their full potential.
Many children try to adapt to their vision problem without knowing they could see better. As a parent you are best placed to detect the signs of a potential vision problem. The following checklist shows common symptoms children with vision problems can exhibit.
- One eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
- Frequent blinking
- Red or watery eyes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Covering or closing one eye
- Holding a book very close to read
- Squinting or sitting very close when watching television
- Complaints of headaches
- Complaints of blurred or double vision
Once recognised, these problems are usually easy to correct. For more information, click here.