Signs of a Vision Problem in Children

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

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’