Healthy vision is an important part of your child’s development. It’s particularly important to identify any issues with eyesight early and treat them promptly. You should have your child examined regularly by an optician to ensure that their sight is developing correctly and no action is needed.
Parents or family members are best-placed to spot issues in their child’s eye health quickly. Your child may not be able to recognise signs of infection or deterioration in their eye health themselves, so it’s especially important to look out for any symptoms or early warnings they may display when at home. If caught early enough then many issues can be corrected, so it’s important to get your child seen to by an expert as soon as possible.
How To Spot Symptoms Of Eye Issues In Your Kids:
#1 Struggling To Read
Is your child struggling to read? Difficulty when learning to read may be down to their vision, not a language development issue. If your child is struggling to read take the time to observe why, or speak to an optician to see if the cause could be vision-related.
#2 Sitting Close To The TV
Are they choosing to sit close to the TV, or squinting when watching the screen? Near sightedness is a common occurrence in children and can be treated with glasses or contacts. Your child may also be having trouble focusing on the images on the screen.
#3 Difficulty Differentiating Colours
If your child is struggling to tell identify colours, or read texts and images where numerous colours are involved, then they may be colour-blind. Certain colours such as blue and yellow or red and green can be particularly hard to distinguish for sufferers.
#4 Suffering From Itchy Eyes
Itchiness, teary eyes, red eyes and more – all of these abnormalities can show a problem or irritation with the eyes. Frequent blinking and light sensitivity are other symptoms of irritation. Look out for your child frequently touching or rubbing their eyes, and any physical symptoms such as swollen eyelids, red, increased tear production or any discharge from the corners of the eyes.
#5 Poor Eye Movement
If your child has trouble tracking movement, such as following an object with their eyes, or has an abnormal eye alignment or movement, then you should take them to see an optician. Misalignment can lead to a lazy eye and is ideally treated when the child is as young as possible.
Book An Eye Appointment For Your Child Today
Are you concerned about the state of your child’s vision? Or want to check their general eye health and condition? It’s important for your children to be examined regularly and any issues with vision corrected as quickly as possible to prevent further issues. At Reynolds, we run a family-friendly clinic that has a huge range of specialist experience treating children. Book an eye appointment for your child today by calling 01736366239 or filling out our contact form, here.