Have you ever noticed your child is squinting or holding reading material extremely close to their face? Do they seem to have a short attention span or have difficulty reading?
While these observations can indicate a learning difficulty, the solution may be as simple as an undiagnosed vision problem.
Children do not know the difference between normal vision and visual abnormalities. They only know what they have experienced, making them much less likely than an adult to complain of blurry vision.
Signs Caretakers Should Look Out For
- Frequent Blink Rate
- Rubbing Eyes
- Closing an Eye
- Tilting Head
- Frequent Headaches, especially after reading
- Difficulty reading/Short Attention Span when Reading
How Often Should Your Child Be Seen By an Eye Doctor?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology officially recommends vision screenings:
- As a newborn
- Between 6 and 12 months old
- Between 1 and 3 years old
- Between 3 and 5 years old
- After age 5
Once children enter school, it is recommended to get an eye exam every year.