The New Zealand Association of Optometrists highlights that there is a clear link between a child’s ability to see well and his or her ability to learn and succeed in school.
If your child is having difficulty at school, it could be worth investigating if a previously undetected visual problem is the underlying cause.
What to look out for:
You can look out for the following signs that your child may have a vision problem:
- Dislike or avoidance of close work
- Sitting at the table with an awkward posture
- Turning or tilting the head to one side
- Closing one eye while reading
- Taking an unusually long time to complete reading comprehension tasks
- Moving closer to a book, desk or computer screen while reading
- Excessive blinking or rubbing of eyes
- Losing place while reading; skipping or re-reading lines or words
- Using a finger as a place mark when reading; reading unusually slowly
- Complaints of headache, dizziness and nausea
- Needing to sit close to the TV or board at school to see clearly
- Lack of confidence in group sports and activities
Sometimes, near-vision problems mean a child's eyes have to work extra hard to see closer items (such as words on a page). There may not be any blurriness but the extra work their eyes are doing to try and focus can lead to headaches, difficulty concentrating, or letters and words jumbling themselves up on the page.
If you have any concerns about your child’s vision, see your optometrist.
To find out more about how Mr Foureyes is helping children with vision problems, read about our Buy One, Give One approach.