Did you know that 1 in 10 preschoolers and 1 and 4 school-age children have vision problems? A recent study showed that 80 percent of what a child learns in school comes to him or her visually; however, only 14 percent of preschoolers get an eye exam (Peek).
Vision disorders are the fourth most common disability in the United States (Current Ophthalmology). The good news for parents is that early detection can help prevent poor vision and help their child reach their learning potential.
The following are tips for parents to help with eye vision problems:
- Observe Discomfort — eye rubbing, blinking, or squinting, light sensitivity, keeping eyes closed too much, tired eyes or complaining of headaches.
- Look into child’s eyes to for unusual redness of eyes or eye lids, lid droopiness, crusted eyelids, styes or sores, tearing and eye direction.
- Get comprehensive exams by an eye doctor.
A child may or may not show any symptoms or signs that he or she may have a vision problem. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your doctor or pediatrician for more information.
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