Children are not always able to explain the vision issues they are experiencing, or they may not even be aware that there is a problem. Most parents make the mistake that the screenings at school or a pediatrician’s office are enough.

While these screenings are good at picking up obvious and severe problems, many problems affecting your child’s vision and resulting learning difficulties often go undetected by these screening tools. To determine if a child is having difficulty with depth perception, color deficiency, or eye muscle coordination, the child should see an optometrist with knowledge, and equipment to perform the necessary vision tests.

7 Signs Your Child May Have A Vision Problem

1. Holding materials closer to their eyes than normal in order to focus. Often described as having to move close to the television.

2. Squinting is a classic sign and is used to decrease blur and help focus images.

3. The tendency to tilt or turn their head as they read or focus on another person. This is done to favor one eye over the other to accommodate for a weakness in one of the eyes.

4. An eye turn is another obvious sign.

5. The child may have trouble copying, writing, and may reverse letters.

6. Poor hand-eye coordination.

7. Frequent symptoms such as headaches, red, itchy dry eyes, or shows of discomfort by rubbing or heavily blinking their eyes.

The key to protecting and strengthening a child’s eye health and vision is to take preventative measures, catch problems early, and purse early corrective treatments. Ideally, every child should have a comprehensive eye exam with an optometrist before the start of school. These exams can ensure their chances of a successful school year. BA Eye Site is conveniently in Broken Arrow to help with your family’s eye care needs.

Dr. Matthew Ozment