Signs That Your Child Has Vision Problems

Checking Your Child’s Vision at Odessa Vision

If your child is having trouble in school, it may be time for a vision exam. Problems may be directly or indirectly related to poor eyesight, and the solution could be as simple as a pair of glasses or vision therapy. If your child plays sports, he or she may need protective eye gear.

When Should My Child Have a Vision Exam?

Many parents believe the vision screening tests taken at school are sufficient to diagnose any problems their children may be having, but that isn’t always the case. Your child could have 20/20 eyesight and still be experiencing problems. Annual eye exams should be part of a child’s routine, as problems can arise that neither the child nor the parent recognizes.

What Are the Signs of Poor Vision?

According to the American Optometric Association, signs your child may have poor vision include:

  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • Short attention span
  • Avoiding reading and other close activities
  • Frequent headaches
  • Covering one eye
  • Tilting the head to one side
  • Holding reading materials close to the face
  • An eye turning in or out
  • Seeing double
  • Losing place when reading
  • Difficulty remembering what he or she read

If your child has itchy eyes, irritated eyes, red/pink eyes, or is squinting, that’s also a sign he should have a vision exam. Don’t dismiss these issues as simple problems that will solve themselves.

Many of the symptoms listed above mimic ADHD and some children with poor vision are mistakenly treated for ADHD instead. Difficulty concentrating and staying on task may actually be related to a child’s vision. Behavioral problems can also arise when children have trouble learning or playing sports and become frustrated. Your child may begin to act aggressively or to retreat from others.

Contact Odessa Vision to Schedule Your Next Appointment

Vision is key to your child’s success in school. At Odessa Vision, we’re committed to diagnosing and treating any vision problems your child may have. Call us to make an appointment for all the children in your life at 432-362-3133. We are located at 4015 Penbrook Street in Odessa, TX. We’re here to help!

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