6 SIGNS YOUR ELEMENTARY STUDENT NEEDS AN EYE EXAM

Dr. Jim Martin 07/28/2015

4483612_orig.pngYour child's ability to read books and see the classroom chalkboard is crucial to his/her success in school. The problem for many parents is determining if their child has a vision problem that should be checked out by a professional eye care specialist. While noticing if your child has a problem with their vision is not always easy, there are some signs you can look for that may indicate a problem exists.

1. Sitting Close to the TV

If you’re constantly telling your child to stop sitting so close to the TV, this may be more about a problem with his/her vision than a discipline problem. In addition, you may notice your child holding a book closer to their face than normal.

2. Frequent Headaches            

Headaches can be caused by a variety of issues, but one of the most common causes is a vision problem. If your child has started to complain of having headaches on a regular basis while in school or immediately after school, this could be the first sign of a problem with his/her vision.

3. Avoiding Reading or Using Computers

Students that have difficulty seeing will also have trouble reading a book and/or using the computer. If you notice your child has started to avoid reading or using the computer, an eye exammay be necessary.

4. Squinting Their Eyes

Many children with vision problems will oftentimes squint their eyes or tilt their head to one side. If your notice these signs in your child, it is best to schedule an eye exam to determine if there is a problem.

5. Complaining About Not Seeing Chalkboard

If your child is complaining about not being able to see the chalkboard while at school, this is a good indication that he/she may have a vision problem. Feel free to contact your child’s school to see if the teacher has noticed any problems, as well.

6. Rubbing Eyes Frequently

Children with vision problems oftentimes rub their eyes more frequently than children who do not have vision problems. While this action could also be due to allergies or other medical conditions, it is best to have an eye exam performed just to be certain.

If your child is displaying one or more of these signs, it is important your child have an eye exam. However, many children may not display any outwardly signs, yet still have a vision problem. It is highly recommended you have your student’s eyes checked on a regular basis by a professional optometrist, like those at Broome Optical in Amarillo. Give your kids a head start by scheduling their back to school eye exams today.

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