Along with books, pencils, and teachers, a child’s vision is a key ingredient in their education.

Most children take in their surroundings visually, and poor or unhealthy vision can cause a number of problems in their learning environment.

Your child may not realize that he or she has a vision problem. So, If you notice signs that your child might be having difficulty seeing, then it’s time to schedule an eye exam right away. Signs of a problem can include:

  • Frequent complaining of headaches
  • Excessive rubbing of the eyes
  • Head tilting
  • Short attention span
  • Losing their place during reading
  • Avoiding or omitting small words when reading
  • The need to use a finger to keep track of words when reading

If you notice these or any other signs of a problem, have your child’s eyes examined.

Poor vision can cause a child to not live up to their potential. Children need healthy vision to study and excel at school. If you notice that your child is “giving up too easily” or if you get reports from their teacher that your child is not paying attention in class, unhealthy vision may be to blame.

In order to learn effectively, children must have healthy vision. In the event of a problem, they will not be able to see the chalkboard clearly, they will not be able to complete assignments effectively, and they won’t be able to comprehend or retain information.

By correcting any vision problems, you can help your child to better thrive in their learning environment. Children aged 6-18 need to be able to read effectively as well as take in their surroundings effectively in order to get the most out of their learning experience. By identifying any potential vision problems as soon as you notice them, the ophthalmologist will have better chances of effectively treating the problem.

Parents should take the necessary steps to ensure that their child’s vision is healthy. Protect your child’s eyes from the sun when they spend time outdoors, as excessive sunlight can contribute to unhealthy vision.

Learn to recognize the signs of unhealthy vision in your school aged child. Realize that 20/20 vision does not necessarily indicate healthy vision, so if you notice any signs of a problem, it is best to let an eye professional examine your child’s vision. A school vision screening should not replace yearly eye exams.

By taking the necessary steps to ensure your child’s healthy vision, you are helping them reach their full potential in the classroom. If you’ve noticed that their performance is lower than expected, evaluate the cause of the problem.