One in four school-aged children has a vision problem and about five to 10 percent of preschool kid's may have an undetected vision issue. And fewer than 14 percent of Canadian children under the age of six have a comprehensive eye exam before entering school. The reason your child may be having problems learning could have to do with their vision–they may not be able to read properly or see the chalkboard. As many as 60 percent of children with literacy problems have undiagnosed vision problems. What are some signs and symptoms of eye disease in children?
- Blinking or squinting excessively
- Closing or covering an eye when looking at objects
- Losing place or using a finger to maintain place when reading
- Exhibiting a reading or learning problem
- Complaining of headaches, nausea and dizziness
- Avoiding reading, colouring, or activities up close
- Poor hand-eye coordination