Signs of a Vision Problem in Children

Things to look out for

  1. Skipping or re-reading lines
  2. Omitting or confusing words when reading
  3. Poor comprehension when reading
  4. Homework taking much longer than it should
  5. Short attention span with reading and school work

Other signs

  • One eye turns in or out while the other points straight ahead
  • Frequent blinking
  • Red or watery eyes
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Holding a book very close to read
  • Squinting or sitting very close when watching television
  • Complaints of headaches
  • Complaints of blurred or double vision

Signs that may indicate your child may have 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