How often should I take my child to have his eyes checked?
When certain visual skills are undeveloped or underdeveloped, learning is difficult and stressful. A child may not tell us that she has a vision problem because she may think that the way she sees is the way everyone else sees. Children will normally attempt to do the job, but with a lower level of understanding or efficiency.
How can I know if your child has a vision problem?
Here are some signs:
- Rubbing your eyes or blinking frequently.
- Short attention span.
- Avoid reading and other nearby activities.
- Frequent headaches
- Covering one eye.
- Tilt head to one side.
- Hold reading materials very close to the face.
- One eye turns in or out.
- Losing place when reading.
- Difficulty remembering what you read.
Undetected and untreated vision problems can cause some of the same signs and symptoms commonly attributed to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Because of these similarities, children with these symptoms should have a complete eye exam with their optometry doctor to avoid misdiagnosis.
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Back to school eye exam
Changes in our vision are very fast during their first years of life. We should go to check them every year under normal conditions. In the event that the doctor notices any anomaly, of course, the visual examination should be done when the professional indicates.
The sooner a vision problem is detected and treated, the more likely the treatment will be successful. When necessary, the doctor may prescribe treatment including glasses, contact lenses, and/or vision therapy to correct vision problems.