6 signs your child may need an eye test

6 signs your child may need an eye test

Thursday, 23 November 2017
6 signs your child may need an eye test

Christmas is upon us! The kids will be home for the holidays soon and while you’re lugging them down the high street, why not take a detour into the opticians for a check-up?

Children aren’t always able to communicate that they’re having health issues and in many cases, don’t even realise. It’s important that you get your child’s eyes checked at least once a year as children are particularly susceptible to changes while they’re still growing. The mad rush to the toy shop might just be the perfect occasion to kill two birds with one stone and get them (and perhaps yourselves) into the optician’s chair for an eye examination. Remember that once you have your prescription contact lenses test, you’re free to purchase contact lenses from anywhere you like and the best place to buy your eye care products at the cheapest prices is here at Feel Good.

If you’re unsure about whether or not to buy contact lenses for your child, click here to read our page concerning age limits on wearing contact lenses. In the meantime, there are signs and symptoms that you can look out for that indicate whether or not your child may need an eye test. The earlier potential problems are spotted, the easier it is to treat them. Here are 6 things that you should look out for when monitoring your child’s eye health.

Difficulty playing sports

Hand eye coordination and judging distance are two vital skills required when playing sports. You may notice your child consistently missing catches, bumping into people and obstacles and tripping over due to their lack of depth or distance perception.

Difficulty reading words on a page

As children progress in reading age, the writing in their work books tends to get smaller and language becomes more complex, putting more strain on the eyes. You may notice that while reading text, your child will skip lines or read the same line multiple times, muddle words, or read at an uneven pace. They may lose interest quickly in a piece, or avoid reading altogether. They may also complain that their eyes feel tired or painful after reading.

Consistent headaches

Poor eyesight forces the eyes to work harder to see, which causes eye strain. It’s common to suffer from headaches because of this as the eye struggle to read writing and distinguish objects.

Complaining of blurry vision

Myopia, astigmatism and hyperopia are common eye-related problems that can result in blurry vision. They can all be diagnosed with a simple eye test. Your child may also squint, tilt their head or try and see out of the corner of their eyes as opposed to looking straight ahead. A common complaint your child may express is difficult reading words on the board in class.

Sitting too close to the TV

Sitting too close to the TV could be a sign that your child is struggling to see from a distance (or they could just really like Peppa Pig). You may also notice that they hold books and electronic devices too close to their faces whilst trying to read, watch videos or play games.

A drop in overall school performance

As poor eyesight will affect so much of their overall ability to complete various tasks during the school day, a drop in performance in their school work is almost inevitable and further reason to get your child checked so the problem can be resolved.

For more information on various eye conditions, their causes, symptoms and how they can be treated, head over to our dedicated Eye Care Hub where you’ll find extensive information about eye health, eye care and contact lenses. Give you and your little one the gift of healthy eyesight this Christmas and make sure to get checked if you haven’t done so recently.

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