Eye health is important for people at all ages, but particularly for children.
Over the next couple of months, I will be screening students' vision and hearing in all grades (except grade 2).
Did you know undiagnosed vision disorders are this prevalent?
- up to 1 in 17 preschoolers
- 1 in 5 head start children
- 1 in 4 school aged children
Children use their vision to learn about their world. It is important that your student's eyes are checked during well child visits and/or at school to make sure they are healthy.
Not all vision problems can be seen.
Children who have a problem may not realize it or be able to describe a problem with their sight. Regular eye screenings will help find possible problems.
Signs your student should see an eye doctor:
- Eyes do not line up or look straight ahead.
- The eyelids are red-rimmed, crusted, swollen, or don't fully open.
- Eyes are watery or red.
- Recurring stye or bump on the eyelid.
- Color photos of the child's eyes show a white reflection in the pupil (middle of the eye).
- The pupil (the black circle in the colored part of the eye) in one eye is larger than the pupil in the other.
- The iris (colored part of the eye) in one eye is not the same round shape and size as the iris in the other eye.
- Both eyes jerk back and forth quickly from side-to-side.
- Rubs eyes often.
- Closes or covers one eye when reading or looking at a close object.
- Squints eyes when trying to see things near or far away.
- Tilts head or turns face when playing with a toy, trying to read, or trying to see something near or far away.
- Has difficulty concentrating when reading, doing schoolwork, or doing other close-up work.
- Brings toys or books close to his/her/their face.
- Blinks eyes more than usual or is cranky when doing close-up work.
- Seems unusually clumsy. Bumps into things often or knocks things over.
- Avoids doing near work or reading.
- Eyes itch, burn, or feel scratchy.
- Blurred vision when looking at near objects, such as toys or books.
- Dizziness, headaches, or nausea when doing near work.
- Light is too bright.
- Unable to see something other people can see.
- Sees worse at the end of the day.
- Difficulty copying material from a whiteboard in the classroom.
As always, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns about your student's vision or other health issues.