Your child looks up to you.

by | Feb 27, 2014 | Health & Your Eyes | 0 comments

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But how they really see you may be different than you think.

One in five children has a vision disorder. Not knowing any differently, many of these children accept poor vision and other eye ailments as normal. If left unchecked, serious long-term effects can result.

When it comes to your child’s vision, what could be more important?

I see. I learn.

Over 80 per cent of a child’s learning is based on vision. If vision problems remain untreated, kids who are packed with potential are left lagging behind in learning. They may even become withdrawn or disruptive.

Not everyone makes the connection. Some children with poor eyesight are mistakenly labelled learning-disabled. In fact, one out of six children diagnosed with a learning disability actually has a correctable vision problem.

If detected, these conditions can be corrected by an optometrist (optician). Optometrists often prescribe corrective lenses or eye exercises, enabling young children to rapidly catch up to their friends.

Eye exam essential

Taking your child to an optician for a comprehensive eye exam is the most important thing you can do for your child’s health.

An optician can complete this test even if your child doesn’t know their ABCs. An optician can use shapes, animals and other child-friendly ways to evaluate vision and eye health.

Vision screenings offered by schools, for example, are limited in evaluating a child’s overall eye health. Many serious eye conditions don’t have obvious symptoms. A thorough eye exam by an optician is the only way to know for sure.

Common vision conditions

Several different vision skills must work together for your child to see and understand clearly. If any of these vision skills are out of sync, your child’s learning development can be greatly affected.

Short sightedness, long sightedness and astigmatism are the most common vision conditions among children. The treatment of a lazy eye and/or squint in a child’s early years is critical, as these conditions become more difficult – and sometimes impossible to correct as the child ages.

Poor visual performance is also common and largely escapes detection in general vision screenings. A complete eye exam is required to determine visual-performance problems, including: poor coordination of the eyes, squint, eye-movement defects, poor eye-hand coordination and difficulties controlling focus.

Warning Signs

Although many serious eye conditions don’t have obvious symptoms – a thorough eye exam by an optometrist is the only way to know for sure – a parent can be the first to detect early symptoms of some eye problems in a child.

Warning signs include:

  • sitting very close to the television
  • holding objects too close
  • avoiding puzzles, books, colouring or other near-distance work
  • covering one eye when looking at something up close
  • body rigidity while looking at distant objects
  • lack of concentration
  • visible frustration or grimacing
  • excessive blinking or rubbing of the eyes
  • tilting of the head or unusual posture
  • lack of participation
  • performing below potential
  • complaining of headaches, blurred or double vision, or burning and itchy eyes
  • marked inability to catch, build, balance or do other related eye-hand coordination activities
  • hyperactive or short attention span

To book a FREE eye test for your child today phone: Clear View Opticians, 169 Burton Road, Lincoln, LN13LW 01522542121 or email: enquiries@clearviewopticians.co.uk

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