Hide and SEE(k)

Hidden Signs of Vision Issues in Children

Some signs of vision issues in children are easy to spot. These include a child squinting, sitting too close to the TV, holding a book too close, or complaining about things looking blurry.

Unfortunately, some signs and symptoms are less obvious. These are especially important to look for in younger kids, since they might not tell you if things appear blurry if they do not know that they are seeing incorrectly. Catching vision issues early is especially important for correcting amblyopia, or lazy eye, and ensuring a child’s success in school and sports. Watch for these signs and symptoms of vision issues, often hidden in plain sight:

Signs for Preschool-Age Children
  • Short attention span for the child’s age
  • Turning their head to the side
  • Frequently rubbing their eyes
  • Turning of an eye out or in
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty with eye-hand-body coordination
  • Avoiding coloring activities, puzzles and other detailed activities
Signs for Children 6-18
  • Trouble finishing written assignments
  • Often losing their place or skipping words when reading
  • making errors when copying from the board
  • Rubbing their eyes
  • Not performing to their potential
  • Using finger to hold their place
  • Avoiding close work
  • Complaining of frequent headaches
  • Adjusting their head to use one eye
  • Reversing letters or words while reading or writing
  • Omitting or confusing small words while reading
2019-02-20T17:48:13+00:00 October 18th, 2018|
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