What Signs Show Me My Child Has Poor Eyesight? Young children should have regular check-ups as infants and the earliest of these will detect child vision problems.
What School Can Show
However, sometimes children have no difficulty early on with these tests and only present with problems when they have started school.
A classic example is the child who falls behind in lessons because quite simply they are unable to read the board at the front of the classroom on which the teacher is writing. Or they may find it difficult to focus and concentrate on a text book.
The same applies in sport. A child may decide that he or she is not sporty, because they find co-ordination difficult (simply because they cannot see a ball properly).
Because this deterioration in vision may be fairly gradual, a child comes to take it for granted and does not realize he or she has a problem.
Signs To Look Out For In A Child
An observational adult who spends time around the child may possibly notice a young person scrunching up their eyes – ‘squinting’ – in order to see a television screen, a white board or a book.
At school a child may move as close to the front of the class as possible in order to see instructions on a white board. They may sit with a book holding it extremely closely, literally on the end of their nose.
Sometimes a child may tilt their head from side to side whilst watching television or viewing a computer, which can mean that the muscles in the eye are not balanced correctly.
Or they may cover one eye up when concentrating on something visual.
A Slow Reader Or A Child With Poor Eyesight?
Other children fall behind with reading because they find it hard to concentrate and because they cannot see words clearly, often lose their place in a paragraph or sentence and have to search and start again.
Some children point to words whilst they are reading. This is not always a problem, it is a common habit of children learning to read but can also be a sign of an uncorrected vision condition that jumbles words and letters together in a confusing way.
Finally, your child may complain of frequent headaches which could be due to eye strain by having to make a constant effort.
However the cure may be nothing more than a simple eye test and corrective glasses to set the learning curve back on track. Some children do however fall through the loop at school eye tests so if you have concerns, it is certainly worth taking your child yourself to see a qualified eye professional.