Vision problems in children aren't always the easiest to detect.
"Children often do not realize there is a problem and accept their vision as it is," states Dr. Jonathan H. Salvin via Metro Kids.
Having to squint or a possible blurred image may come off as normal to your children because that is what they are used to. That's why it is important to have your children's eyes checked regularly to avoid more serious issues down the road.
There is a lot to know about your eyes and what symptoms to look for when detecting vision problems. And good news for you, you don't have to be an optometrist to know these symptoms - we have laid out the most common vision problems and the best ways to treat them.
**If any of these symptoms seem alarming to you, we advise you to schedule an appointment with your child's eye doctor to have it checked as soon as you can!*
Common problems include:
Refractive errors - This refers to when the shape of the eye doesn't bend properly, causing blurred images for your children. There are three types of refractive errors:
Myopia, or in other words, nearsightedness. This is when your child can see objects up close clearly but has poor distance vision.
Hyperopia is farsightedness, which causes objects nearby to appear blurry.
Astigmatism causes objects to appear blurry or distorted at any distance. (via Metro Kids)
How to be treated: If your eye doctor notices any of these refractive errors in your child, they can easily be treated with a pair of eyeglasses [or contacts].
Strabismus - When your son or daughters eyes are misaligned and point in different directions.
*Must be treated as soon as possible. Failure to do so can lead to a lazy eye.
Amblyopia - When the brain favors one eye and eventually ignores images from the weaker eye. (via MetroKids)
How to be treated: Both of these symptoms can be treated, (if done as soon as possible), with a patch, eye drops, eyewear or possible eye surgery.
Other symptoms to watch out for in your children's everyday activities:
-sitting too close to the screen (television, computer, iPad, etc.)
-sensitive to light
-squinting or tilting their head
-Closing or covering one eye.
Whether you notice these symptoms or not, it is important to have your child's eyes checked regularly to ensure you don't have further problems down the road.
-the Jonas Paul Eyewear team
(sources: MetroKids & All About Vision / Photo from IG account: @MacyMakesMyDay)