Children's Eyes

What are the symptoms?

 

If you are concerned about your child’s vision, it is important to get these worries addressed quickly. Your child’s vision is essential to their success in school.

 

Below are some warning signs for parents, teachers and carers to look out for:

  • Consistently sitting too close to the TV

  • Holding a book very close in order to read

  • Miss out words, or repeat words when reading out loud

  • Short attention span

  • Poor hand/eye co-ordination

  • Losing the place while reading or using a finger to guide the eyes

  • Squinting or tilting the head to see better

  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Closing one eye to read, watch TV or see better

  • Avoiding activities which require near vision, such as reading or homework, or distance vision, such as participating in sports or other recreational activities

  • Complaining of headaches or tired eyes

  • Drop in school performance

If you can identify any of these traits in your child, it is important you have your child’s vision assessed.

 

Lazy Eye (Amblyopia)

Is a condition where vision in one eye does not develop fully during early childhood and your child sees less clearly out of the lazy eye and relies more on the other good eye. It is estimated that 1:50 children in the UK will develop lazy eye and are usually diagnosed around the age of 4. Young children are unaware that there is a problem, whilst older children may complain that they can’t see well through one eye. It is usually correctable if treated early.

Late treatment can mean that sight problems remain permanent.

Treatment

This usually involves making the lazy eye work harder to see, using glasses or patches. Treatment is often effective, but quite slow. A squint is one of the most common causes of lazy eye.