Signs of Concern for Kids

It is easy to forget is that kids may not know how poorly their eyes are working since they have never seen any other way. Before our kids can read it is quite difficult for anyone other than a professional to tell how well their eyes are working.

Parents who are patients at Lenhardt Optometry Group often ask if and when their kids should have their eyes examined. I always recommend a screening in the first year of life, with the first comprehensive exam at 18 months old. If everything looks great then additional eye check ups should take place at 3 and 5 years old and every 2 years thereafter. If glasses are needed then we generally perform examinations annually, or sometimes even more frequently.

Here are some lifestyle behaviors that indicate a possible high risk of vision deficit in a child:

  • Avoidance of near-sight activities, and high resistance to reading
  • Poor performance in school
  • Squinting, blinking frequently or rubbing eyes
  • Short attention span or losing place when reading
  • Very close reading position with books and coloring, or sitting close to the TV
  • Closing one eye when reading
  • Eye turning in or out with distance or near-sight tasks
  • Poor coordination with sports, writing, or tying their shoes
  • Recurring complaints of headaches
  • Using finger or pencil to guide eyes

If parents or teachers note any of these signs with their children they should not hesitate to get a comprehensive eye exam to rule out visual deficit. We should not expect children to bring it to our attention by complaining to us, or worse yet waiting until they fall behind in school. Don’t wait — contact our friendly staff to schedule an appointment.