It’s back-to-school time, and with days spent reading books and concentrating on the board, physicians from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Ophthalmology think it could also be the time to get children’s eyes checked.
“More often than not, vision problems go unnoticed until children begin school,” said Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Marcela Frazier, “Children grow up naturally adapting to vision issues, so when they get into school and start reading and learning, that is when parents and teachers begin to notice certain problems.”
A thorough eye exam can detect a variety of eye conditions that if left untreated in a child could affect eye health later in life, potentially even leading to partial or complete loss of sight.
The team also remind parents that even a small change in vision can cause eye strain and affect a child’s performance in school, with Frazier explaining that, “Vision isn’t the first culprit parents think of when their child is struggling in school, but it can be playing a part in their child’s poor school or sports performance.”
Here they give nine signs for parents to look out that suggest children may need an eye exam.