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Signs Your Child Has Vision Problems

February 7, 2013


Children with vision problems often have some of the following symptoms even though some of these symptoms may be a sign of learning disabilities or other problems:

  • frequent headaches, dizziness, tired eyes, blurred or double vision
  • eyes that are red, watering, inflamed or swollen
  • eyelids that are encrusted
  • recurring bacterial infections that grow at the root of the eyelash
  • eyes that don’t move together
  • sensitivity to light
  • holding books up close
  • trouble copying words from the chalkboard or whiteboard
  • often losing one’s place when reading
  • frequent blinking, squinting or rubbing of the eyes
  • closing one eye or titling one’s head
  • fatigue, fidgeting and frustration in the classroom
  • trouble with eye-hand coordination, such as playing catch or buttoning clothes
  • difficulty walking or stumbling down stairs, over curbs, around holes or over small objects
  • excessive frowning
  • having trouble seeing details when watching TV or movies
  • squinting or having problems spotting distant objects, such as birds and airplanes

Good vision: good for kids

  • About 80% of students’ learning depends on good vision, but 10% of preschoolers and 25% of elementary students have vision problems that interfere with learning.
  • The longer a vision problem goes uncorrected, the more likely a child is to fall behind in school, feel discouraged and frustrated, and misbehave, experts say.
  • A Florida study found that when children got the glasses they needed, 62% did better in school, 69% misbehaved less and 77% felt better about school (JVQ Florida, 1999).

Originally written by Laura Bernell.