Early Signs of Vision Problems in Children
It is extremely important to know how to recognize any early signs that may point to a vision problem, especially for children. The quicker a problem is identified, the easier it will be to treat it. Following are the early signs of vision problems in children:
Blurred or Double Vision
This is the most common and well-known sign of a vision problem, not just for children but for adults too. If a child is having trouble seeing things near or far away and his/her vision is blurred, there is a problem. Double vision is sometimes confused with blurred vision, but they are not the same. Double vision is when you see two images instead of one. It may be a more serious sign of an issue with a child’s vision.
Complaints of Headaches and Squinting
This is also a common sign. If the complaints are frequent, especially if a child is well-rested, he/she may be suffering from vision problems and it may be time for a check-up. You may also notice a child squinting too much if he/she is having issues with their eyesight.
Rubbing Eyes Frequently
Children are prone to rubbing their eyes, especially when they are sleepy. But if they are doing it frequently, it may indicate a problem. Frequently rubbing eyes shows that the child is trying to see well but cannot.
Holding Objects Too Close
Children may hold objects too close to their eyes if they are having problems seeing them better. For example, they might hold books up to their eyes to read while studying. They may also look at objects by holding them above, below or to the side, rather than directly at eye-level.
Bumping into Objects
If a child is tripping over or bumping into objects more than usual, it could be a sign of a problem. It is important to understand when it is just a child being clumsy and when it is an issue. If it happens frequently, there may be something wrong.
Early intervention is necessary to diagnose any possible issues with a child’s vision, before it becomes worse. If any of these signs are noticed frequently, parents should visit an eye specialist and get the child treated as soon as possible.