Your child’s vision plays a pivotal role in their growth and development. Additionally, many kids are visual learners which means they have a better grasp of things shown or demonstrated to them. This is why taking care of their eyes should always be a priority.
One good way to do so is to detect underlying vision problems as soon as possible. Since children do not easily recognize changes in their vision, it’s important that you’re observant of their gestures and habits. Clear View Vision Care, your trusted vision therapy clinic, talks about four signs your kids may have vision irregularities.
Photophobia refers to the increased sensitivity to light that usually occurs when your child sustains eye injuries, corneal abrasions or ocular infections. Your children may avoid having their pictures taken or playing outdoors during the day. If you notice this, we suggest bringing them to your eye clinic for an eye exam.
- Sitting Too Close to the TV
Sitting too close to the TV, holding books up close and similar habits may indicate that your child is nearsighted. This is a refractive error that causes your child to have a hard time seeing distant objects clearly while their close-range vision remains sharp. Your trusted eye doctor may prescribe corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses to address this.
- Tilting Their Head to the Side
Binocular vision disorders or misaligned eyes may prevent your kids from viewing objects clearly. Your child may try tilting his or her head sideways to compensate for these problems. If you notice this often, have them scheduled for an ocular exam as soon as possible.
- Short Attention Span
Vision irregularities may force your child’s eyes to work twice as hard, adding stress and pressure on their eye muscles. This may also lead to eye fatigue and headaches, which is why they get cranky and irritated easily. Apart from the regular eyewear, we may suggest orthokeratology as well.
Ortho-K involves wearing gas-permeable, ortho-K lenses while your children sleep. They are engineered to reshape your child’s cornea overnight, reducing any surface or shape irregularities. Additionally eyewear during the day is not required.
If you notice any of these signs or any other eye care concerns, call us today at (520) 394-6111 or complete our form to schedule an appointment. We serve Tucson and nearby AZ communities.