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Vision is arguably the most crucial of the five senses and children who have vision problems are likely to suffer because it affects their ability to learn. Not being able to see in class can have a huge impact on how your child learns and how much information they're really taking in and are able to process.

Get your child's vision checked early and regularly

Get your child's vision checked early and regularly.

If you aren't sure how to tell if your child might have vision problems, there are a few things to watch out for:

  • Squinting
  • Sitting very close to TVs
  • Holding books up close to face
  • Headaches - these are usually caused from children squniting so often to try and see things clearly
  • Complaints of not being able to see things clearly (such as during the school day)
  • Not making eye contact

It's important to take your children in regularly for the required check-ups. These continue on throughout their school-aged years. Pediatricians will begin to check to be sure the eyes are working together at a young age. If they are not functioning correctly, the pediatrician can refer you to an eye doctor for possible eyeglasses or contact lens prescriptions.

Before your child ever steps foot into a classroom, they should have their vision checked. This is usually done during the prescreening kids go through before they enter kindergarten.

Also, schools will generally conduct vision screenings during the school day for certain grades. Some schools may check each grade every year, while others will check every couple of years. If you have questions about this, it's best to contact your child's school directly to see if and when they conduct vision screenings.

If you find that your child's school does not conduct vision screenings then it's up to you as a parent to get their vision checked. You can do this by checking with your doctor who can then give you a referral to an eye specialist.

Getting your child's vision checked is extremely important. It's possible that your child's vision may be perfect at a young age and then gradually become worse so regular vision screenings are your best bet. This will allow you to get your child the help they need if their ability to see clearly begins to diminish.

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