Signs Your Kids Might Have Vision Problems
Our kids don’t always tell us if their eyes are bothering them. We must pay close attention to what they do to know if there’s really a problem. Some signs are more noticeable than others, such as rubbing their eyes or squinting. Whenever you feel your child is having vision problems, it’s best to make an immediate appointment for an eye exam.
Itchy, Irritated Eyes
Your child will probably be rubbing at their eyes if they’re irritated or itchy. Allergies commonly cause eyes to itch or become irritated. If your child is complaining of eye pain, it could be an indicator of a more serious problem.
Viral infections such as Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) will cause your child’s eyes to become pink or red. It will also be very itchy. Conjunctivitis is very contagious. It can affect one or both eyes. In most cases, eye drops will be needed to clear up the infection.
Squinting can be a sign that your child may be sensitive to bright lights. Often, it can be a sign of more serious problems. Your child may be dealing with near-sightedness or far-sightedness. Strabismus may also cause squinting. If your child has trouble seeing things clearly, they will naturally squint to try and correct the problem.
Annual Eye Exams
An eye exam is recommended during your child’s preschool years. When your child starts school, it’s very important to have their eyes examined yearly. They will encounter infections such as Conjunctivitis more often. Normally when your child begins attending classes, you’ll see more noticeable signs if they have trouble in clearly seeing lessons written on a chalkboard.
Scheduling an Appointment for Your Child
Children are naturally nervous when it comes to doctor’s visits. Dr. Dorothy Park and Associates in Columbia, SC, are experienced in working with children. Our Optometrists and friendly staff will treat your child with kindness and patience to get the best results from their eye exams. When your child is due for an eye examination, call us at (803) 254-6306 or visit our website for more information on our full range of services.