Children cannot always help themselves. Most of the vision conditions that can affect them are painless and present since birth, so they do not know that anything is wrong. They think that how they see is the way that everyone sees. Worse yet, visual disorders in children can result in serious learning problems and, at times, even behavioral issues. Think about how you would behave if you couldn’t see what everyone else is seeing. It would be frustrating at best.
The earlier a problem is detected, the better the outcome for the child. We can prevent vision loss and decrease the negative impacts that vision loss will have on our kids for the rest of their lives. Mistakenly, most parents think that the vision screenings will detect any issues.
Our teachers do a fantastic job educating our children. They are trained to teach our children, not to pick up visual disorders.
The American Optometric Association recommends an eye exam for all infants, a second exam at age 2, and another at age 4-5 that includes visual acuity, eye alignment, color vision evaluation, depth perception, refractive error, and an eye health exam. The nationwide program, InfantSEE, advocates that ALL infants should have a comprehensive eye and vision exam at the age of 6-12 months. At Lodestar, we participate in this program and this exam is FREE.
Please make sure that your children have an eye exam by a qualified eye health professional. Give them a chance at a life full of color, detail, and possibility.
Eye Symptoms Checklist
• Do they consistently turn their head to one side when picking something up?
• Do they seem startled if you approach from one side vs. the other?
• Do they seem to consistently miss seeing something of interest?
• Were there any complications during or immediately after birth?
• Do their pupils look the same?
• Do they have a family history of a lazy eye?
• Do they complain of headaches?
• Do they tilt their head to one shoulder or to one side consistently when watching TV or reading?
• Do they have a shorter attention span than usual when doing near tasks?
• Were they slower than expected in hitting their milestones?
• Do they say they have headaches?
• Do they complain of double vision or blurred vision at distance or near?
• Do they have trouble seeing the board?
• Have their reading comprehension scores started to drop?
• Do they lose their place on the page or use their fingers to keep track of where they are on the page (after 2nd grade)?