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Signs Your Child Is Having Vision Problems

Last updated 6 years ago

Are you wondering if your child needs professional eye care? Vision problems are very common in children, but many kids don’t verbally communicate such issues to their parents. Here are few signs that may indicate that it is time to take your child to the eye doctor:

  • Squinting. Squinting will temporarily give your child better vision, because much like looking through a pinhole, squinting reduces the size of the blurred image projected on to the retina.
  • Sitting Too Close to the TV. This is a common sign of nearsightedness, so consult an optometrist if your child appears to struggle when viewing objects that are farther away.
  • Head-Tilting. If your child has an eye muscle imbalance, he or she may tilt the head to temporarily minimize the double vision that occurs when looking down or in a certain direction.
  • Covering One Eye to Read. This sign of a vision problem in one eye may also happen while your child is watching TV. Eye covering or closing is your child’s way of simply shutting off the inferior eye, and can indicate an eye muscle imbalance or a more serious issue such as cataracts.
  • Frequent Headaches. If your child experiences frontal headaches or brow aches more often than is common, he or she may be suffering from the effects of uncorrected farsightedness.
  • Difficulty Seeing the Board at School. This is a common symptom of nearsightedness and other vision problems, so ask your child or your child’s teacher if this seems to be an issue.

For one-stop solutions to your family’s vision needs, come to Wize Eyes! With six locations on Long Island, we offer thorough eye exams and a vast selection of designer frames. Call (516) 358-0040 to learn more.


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