It is not uncommon for a child's poor vision to go undetected. In nearly 80% of cases only once the child’s symptoms become more pronounced that one can conclude that there is a problem. Your child may pass the vision screening test at school with but could still suffer from poor vision or a different type of eye problem which can only be diagnosed through an eye check-up with the ophthalmologist.
Be observant of the possible signs that suggest an eye concern. We know, it could be difficult sometimes, to understand or believe why your child won't complete their notes or write incorrectly. He may watch the T.V. from too close a distance, or the overlooks tiny items fallen on the floor. But, believe it or not, this could suggest the need for a visit to the eye doctor.
Here are some signs that we noticed could detect an emerging or existing eye condition.
• Spelling mistakes when copying from the black board like p and q
• Frequent blinking.
• Reading from a very near distance
• Dizziness from continuous reading
• Tilting the head to read
• Rubbing the eyes frequently
• Reading with one eye shut or covering the other eye
• Children with low reading comprehension (ADHD)
• Complaining of misalignment or double vision
Kids are not always comfortable with the idea of wearing glasses. Some kids won't mind while some feel embarrassed. Some kids feel inadequate and may consider themselves to have lesser potential or capability than others without spectacles. To prevent such thoughts, it is important to explain the process to the child and introduce the idea of wearing spectacles in the most fun way possible.
• Request them to identify the family members/loved ones who wear glasses; arrange an interaction with this topic as the focus. Request the loved one to speak with the child and help him/her understand what it is to live with glasses and share their experiences with the kid.
• Place glasses on their animal/toys: - make it a fun, comfortable change in their life. The way you react will impact the child's response to such an addition.
• Take your child to the optician: - encourage your child to discover and choose their frames. Make it an involved experience for them and ensure their comfort first.
• Be ready to change the glasses frequently in case the break, get lost or damaged remember “You will get new glasses but not new eyes”