Signs of a Child's Vision Problem

Your child may not tell you they have a vision problem because they may think the way they see is normal, and vision changes can occur without you or your child noticing them. Your child should receive an eye examination at least once every two years and more frequently if recommended by your optometrist. The earlier a vision problem is detected and treated, the more likely treatment will be successful.

Signs that may indicate your child has a vision problem include:

  • Often blinking or rubbing their eyes
  • Exhibiting a short attention span
  • Avoidance of reading and any activity involving looking up close
  • Frequent headaches, especially around the eyes or the front of the head
  • Covering or closing one eye when reading - they may not realise they are doing it!
  • Tilting the head to one side
  • Holding reading materials up close, sitting close to the television, etc.
  • One eye noticeably turning out or in, especially when tired or stressed
  • Seeing double
  • Complaining of blurred vision at distance or near
  • Losing place on a page when reading
  • Difficulty remembering what they have read

Unfortunately, parents and teachers often incorrectly assume that if a child passes a school screening test, there is no vision problem. However, many school vision screenings only test for distance visual acuity. A child who can see small print in the distance can still have a vision problem. In reality, the vision skills needed for successful reading and learning are much more complex.

Even if a child passes a school vision screening test, they should receive a comprehensive optometric examination if:

  • They show any of the signs or symptoms of a vision problem listed above
  • They are not achieving up to their potential at school
  • They are minimally able to achieve at school, but have to use excessive time and effort to do so

Vist our 'Vision Training' page and our 'Vision and Learning' page for more information about the factors involved in clear and comfortable vision, and what Innovative Eye Care can do if there are problems with your child’s vision.