It is estimated that 65 percent of the population are visual learners, and 80 percent of the learning experience is visual. Vision problems during their critical learning years may result in the avoidance of reading and other near visual work, a lowered level of comprehension or efficiency, discomfort and fatigue, and even a short attention span.
A child may not tell you that he or she has a vision problem because they may think the way they see is the way everyone sees. As a parent, you should watch for signs that may indicate a child has vision problem:
- Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
- Short attention span
- Avoiding reading and other close activities
- Frequent headaches
- Covering one eye
- Tilting the head to one side
- Holding reading materials close to the face
- An eye turning in or out
- Seeing double
- Losing place when reading
- Difficulty remembering what he or she read
Even if your child does not exhibit any of the signs listed above, an eye exam could detect a problem that neither of you are aware of. Some eye conditions, if left untreated, may be more difficult to correct later. According to the American Optometric Association, children should receive their first complete vision and eye health exam at 6 months of age, again at 3 years, and then again at age 5 or 6 before they enter kindergarten.