It’s that time of year again…bus stops, backpacks, sports practice, and the dreaded homework! It is said that 80% of what we learn is through our eyes. Whether it’s on the chalkboard, reading a book, or on the computer or TV screen, good vision is vital to the learning process.
Ensure your child’s success this school year with these healthy vision tips:
- Monitor their headaches: Sure, we all get headaches from time to time but frequent headaches can be a sign of poor vision. If your child is farsighted – meaning that can see clearly at a distance but not up close – they may have trouble reading textbooks and completing homework.
- Pay attention to squinting: Have you noticed your child squinting to see things or sitting closer than usual to the TV or computer? They may be nearsighted – meaning that they can see objects clearly in close range but distance vision is poor. This will certainly affect their ability to the see the chalkboard in the classroom and even their performance in sports they play.
- Have them read to you: Being distracted easily while doing homework or losing their place while reading is often labeled as hyperactivity but it can also be a clear symptom of a vision problem. Astigmatism – a condition that causes objects to appear blurry and distorted – may be the reason behind your child avoiding doing their homework.
- Be aware of new behaviors: Often a child will compensate for poor vision by tilting their head to one side or closing one eye. This can be a warning sign of strabismus – an eye muscle imbalance that causes double vision. It may also be a symptom of a more serious medical problem, such as a cataract.
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms make an appointment for a comprehensive exam with your eye care provider.