Children of school going age should have an eye exam once a year. Eye problems are not limited to vision, but good muscular function and the ability to focus for prolonged periods are also important for academic success. Here are some signs to look for, which may indicate problems with the child’s visual system:
- Holds books very close while reading
- follows words with a finger while reading
- has concentration problems
- rubs eyes frequently
- eyelids squint all the time
- has a turning eye
- has headaches
- turns head to use only one eye
- has irritated and watering eyes
- has reading and writing problems or learning difficulties
- has difficulty focusing during tasks and while playing.
The sooner these problems are solved, the better for the child and their academic performance.