3 Back to School Vision Problems
The kiddos have been back in school for a little while now and as such, it is the ideal time to start monitoring for vision problems.
Here are a few important things to watch out for during the school year, as these issues may help you identify a vision problem. If you are noticing any of these issues, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam for your child.
- One out of four kids have an undetected vision problem. Believe or it not, vision problems in childhood are very common and nothing to be alarmed about. While you may have visited your pediatrician and passed a simple vision screening, those screenings don't always detect larger vision problems. A visit to your eye doctor for a comprehensive exam is the only way to fully assess vision health.
- Reading & Writing Is your child using their finger to help them follow along with reading and writing? Are they mixing up words? Do they complain of the words "doubling" while they read? Yes, some of these issues could be a learning disorder - but the first place to start is with their vision. Often their eyes are not working well together and a comprehensive exam can help us determine if that's the case.
- Overuse of Digital Devices Kids are using digital devices in school and at home. The blue light emitted from these devices can cause what's called digital eye strain. Symptoms of digital eye strain include dry, scratchy eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and fatigued eyes. An eye exam can help us confirm digital eye strain and we can get your child outfitted with lenses that protect against and filter out the damaging blue light - with or without a prescription.
If you notice your child experiencing any issues like trouble reading or writing, complaining of double vision, dry, scratchy or irritated eyes - schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a comprehensive exam.