As a parent you want the best for your child and it’s understandable to want them to achieve in life to the best of their abilities. Whether it’s through academics, athletics and sports, and even on a social level you want them to succeed. Often times when a child is struggling to keep up with their peers it’s easy to address a variety of potential roadblocks. Did you know that oftentimes when a child is struggling academically, athletically or even socially the cause may not be what you think.
According to Dr. Gary Heiting in his article Vision Problems of School Age Children, 1 in 4 school age children have vision problems, that if left untreated can affect the child’s academic ability. Below we’ve put together a few tips for Childhood Eye Care.
1. Regular Eye Exams
It is strongly encouraged for children to regularly see a doctor and in some cases specifically an eye doctor. Especially if there is a family history of vision problems or eye diseases. In that case you’ll want to see an Ophthalmologist or an Optometrist. Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor that provides eye exams, general eye care and can diagnose and treat eye diseases as well as perform eye surgery. An Optometrist is a healthcare professional who does not treat complex vision problems or perform surgery, however they do provide eye exams, diagnose common vision disorders, treat a specific range of eye diseases and prescribe corrective lenses.
2. Open Communication
While sometimes children are able to specifically bring attention to a potential vision problem it’s not uncommon for them to live with symptoms and not know it’s a problem, especially if the problem has existed for most of their childhood. Because of this it’s important to keep open communication both with your child and their teachers, tutors or coaches. Usually the adults in your child’s life will know if your child squints or shows difficulty reading up close or across the room. Headaches or complaints that their “eye’s hurt” after a prolonged activity might be a sign to have a doctor take a closer look.
3. Watch for Eye Fatigue
Sometimes symptoms that might look like a potential vision problem in a child can be simply be a case of “Eye Fatigue”. For more information on Eye Fatigue and how to treat it check out our previous post, How Screen Time Affects Your Eyes. [http://pingueculaeyedrops.com/screen-time-affects-eyes/]