Children’s Eye Health And Safety Month
Are you wondering if your child needs an eye exam? You are not alone. Children are susceptible to a variety of vision and eye problems, and good health starts early in life. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), your child should receive their first comprehensive exam shortly after birth, before starting school to check vision and eye alignment, and throughout their school years as needed.
In support of Children’s Eye Health And Safety Month, here are some common signs that you might need to take your child to an eye specialists:
1. Constant Eye Rubbing
Rubbing your eyes when tired is normal. But if your child is excessively rubbing their eyes while completing homework or using electronic devices, it may be cause for concern. Ask yourself: Is the rubbing pronounced? Is this happening frequently? Could this be allergies? A number of vision issues can cause eye rubbing, and fatigue from eye strain can cause eyes to hurt or ache.
2. Sensitivity to Light
Does your child squint when lights are turned on or stare directly at lights? Sensitivity to light can cause headaches, squinted eyes, and even nausea. Your child could be suffering from an eye infection, glaucoma, or something more serious. Light sensitivity can be a sign of underlying issues that don’t directly affect the eyes, and a visit to the eye doctor will help you determine this.
3. Vision Changes
Vision changes can happen at any age, and your child will often not notice or mention them to you. One clear sign of vision loss is if your child avoids reading and other activities that require basic vision skills such as focusing the eyes, moving the eyes together as a team, and eye-hand coordination. If any of these basic skills are not working properly, your child will need to work harder to absorb information. Other signs of vision loss are covering one eye, tilting the head, holding reading materials close to the face, sitting too close to the television, losing place when reading, or having difficulty remembering what they read.
4. Physical Abnormality
Excessive redness, increased tearing, abnormal alignment such as cross eyes or lazy eye are all signs that you need to take your child to an eye specialist due to physical abnormality. Your child could have an eye infection, be reacting to vision loss, or experiencing neurological problems. Sometimes, physical abnormalities can be prevented with an early evaluation.
You don’t have to wait for any of these signs to take your child to an eye specialist. Preventative exams could maintain your child’s vision health and catch any problems before they happen. Don’t let poor vision affect your child’s life. Is your child due for an exam? Make an appointment today with your optometrist or ophthalmologist.
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