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4 Red Flags of Childhood Eye Problems

by Caroline Cauchi, OD

Children may not realize they’re having difficulties seeing clearly. This is problematic because undetected visual acuity issues among children can have a negative impact on their education and social development. In today’s post, your eye doctor from Vision Solutions shares four signs that your child may have a vision problem.

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1. Squinting

Squinting is a compensatory mechanism we use when we’re struggling to see something. If you notice your child squinting frequently, this may indicate that they have a refractive error. We suggest heading to your optometrist so we can perform a comprehensive eye exam.

2. Sitting Close to the TV

Habitually sitting too close to the TV may indicate that your child has myopia, more commonly known as nearsightedness. This refractive error causes difficulties seeing distant-range objects, while close-range vision remains strong. We may prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses to improve your child’s distant-range visual acuity.

3. Rubbing Eyes

Any visual impairment can make it difficult for your children to see, whether they’re trying to read notes on the blackboard or see their playmates across the field. As a result, their eyes will work harder so they can see better. Doing so can eventually cause eye fatigue, leading your child to frequently rub their eyes.

4. Head Tilting

Head tilting may be a sign that your child sees better through one eye than the other. If you notice that your child is frequently tilting their head, bring them to your eye care specialist. We’ll perform a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate the coordination between your child’s eyes and brain.

Get in touch with us today at (619) 461-4913 or complete our form to schedule an appointment for you and your child. We serve La Mesa, CA, and nearby areas.