While the preceding visit schedule is a good guideline, you don’t have to wait to see us if you notice anything out of the ordinary with their vision. Keep an eye out, then, for any of the following abnormal signs:
- Your child squints, rubs their eyes or is sensitive to light
- Has a sudden drop in grades or can’t copy from the board
- Avoids reading or uses their finger to follow as they read
- Seems confused over left or right or has other poor directional skills
- Demonstrates poor hand-eye coordination
- Sits too close to a viewing screen
- Tilts their head to see better
- Experiences chronic headaches or excessive eye tearing
These all could indicate a potential vision problem. If you see any of them, don’t hesitate to call us at (601) 268-5910 to request an appointment.
Good vision is crucial to learning and early social development
Especially for school-age children, vision is important for learning. It’s estimated up to 80% of what we learn comes through seeing and reading. It’s also estimated that one in four school-age children have some form of vision problem that could impede learning – and one in ten need glasses to correct it.
To make matters worse, children don’t always notice when they have a vision problem and may not complain; problems like Amblyopia (lazy eye) or nearsightedness may not have apparent symptoms. Regular, comprehensive vision exams, especially before your child enters school, may be the only way to diagnose such problems early.
An unrecognized, untreated vision problem could also have an adverse effect on more than their ability to learn. Because of poor vision they may not be able to participate fully in sports or other activities, which could limit their social and emotional development.
Call us for more information or to make an appointment
Hattiesburg Eye Clinic’s Pediatric Vision Team can make a difference in your child’s eye and vision health. To learn more or request an appointment, call (601) 268-5910 and ask about our pediatric vision exams and services.