Signs of a Vision Problem in Children

Published on
December 4, 2023
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If any of these signs apply to your child and you are concerned about their visual health, feel free to contact us or book online for an evaluation.

Things to look out for when reading

  • Skipping or re-reading lines
  • Omitting or confusing words when reading
  • Poor comprehension when reading
  • Covering or closing one eye to read
  • Holding a book very close to read

Other signs

  • Homework taking much longer than it should
  • Short attention span with reading and school work
  • One eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
  • Frequent blinking
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Squinting or sitting very close when watching television
  • Complaints of headaches
  • Complaints of blurred or double vision

Indicators of a learning difficulty

  • Avoids or doesn’t like learning tasks
  • Seems restless or easily distracted
  • Inconsistent behaviour patterns
  • Seems to have trouble following directions or routines
  • Learning development or understanding of new concepts seems to take longer than others
  • Slow recall of facts and reliance on memory
  • Consistent reading and spelling errors
  • Physical movements (associated with things like organisation or writing) seem ‘awkward’

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