Check for signs that your child might have vision problems.
Healthy vision plays a vital role in your child's education. The ability to see the chalkboard clearly and comfortably read text in books is likely to make a happy and enthusiastic child. When a child cannot see properly, learning and participation in recreational activities will suffer and there can be psychological implications as well.
Experts agree the following basic vision skills are essential for school-going children:
Should any of the above be lacking or malfunctioning, your child will be forced to work harder. This, naturally, can lead to headaches, fatigue and other eyestrain problems and vision conditions.
As a parent, you play an important part in detecting vision difficulties your child may be experiencing.
The following are warning signs and are indicative that your child should see an optometrist:
Changes in your child's vision can sometimes occur without you noticing them, so it is necessary to see your optometrist every two years to ensure it remains healthy and stable. Do not rely on a school vision or pediatrician screening.
Should a vision problem be detected, your optometrist can prescribe treatment including eyeglasses, contact lenses or vision therapy.
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