6 Behavioral Signs for Vision Problems in Children

Many eye diseases and disorders are unique to children. Some of the more common are focus and alignment disorders. Early diagnosis and treatment through comprehensive pediatric eye examinations reveal problems that may be affecting a child’s physical development, school success, and general well-being. Detection of these issues leads to timely and effective treatment to ensure proper development of the eye and brain.

Important behavioral signs that may indicate a child has a vision problem:

Head Tilt
If your child is turning his/her head to one side to look at things in the front, then it is a sign of astigmatism. This can be serious if it is ignored for too long. This is a refractive error and it can be corrected if treated on time.

Poor Hand/Eye Coordination
If your child is struggling to read, write, play sports, or carry out daily tasks, then it could be a sign of poor vision. Clear vision and adequate visual skills are required to establish a proper link between the eyes and other body movements.

Laterality Problem
If your child has poor directional skills and often confuses their left and right, it could be a sign of poor vision. Proper oculocentric location is dependent on vision and laterality depends, in part, upon oculocentric location.

Short Attention Span
Vision problems can lead to a short attention span in children. They will face problems in paying attention to anything for long. The child may also lose interest in games that require using eyes for long or focusing.

Inconsistent Reading Pace
If your child frequently loses track of the lines from where he/ she was reading or faces difficulties in reading, then it could be due to a vision problem. You must see the Pediatric Eye Doctor immediately.

Avoiding Reading or Other Close Focus Activities
It is not abnormal for children to start avoiding reading and similar activities that need close focus. However, you must pay attention to such behavior and never write it off as another trick to avoid studies. It could be a signal of eye problems.

Important physical signs to watch out for with your child:

  • Itching, burning, or heavy discharge in the eyes
  • White areas in the pupil of the eye
  • Changes in the color of the iris
  • Both eyes look different
  • Swollen, red eyes
  • Frequent headaches
  • Lazy eye

Just as with annual physical examinations, it is equally important to have regular pediatric eye examinations. If your child is experiencing any of the eye changes identified above, please call Vision Associates at 419-578-2020 (Toldeo) or 419-354-3926 (Bowling Green) to schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist or optometrist immediately.

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