Have you ever noticed that your child often copies your actions? Mimicking the things they see is one of the primary ways they learn at an early age, and this is why taking care of their eyes is so important. One of the best ways to maintain your child’s visual health is to identify and manage vision irregularities as soon as possible.

However, your child may not realize that there is something off about how they see. To help you, your eye doctor shares four signs your kids may be struggling to see:

1. Frequent Eye Rubbing

It is normal and to rub your eyes when you feel tired. However, if you see your child doing this constantly, it may be a sign that they are having a hard time seeing. Vision problems may be preventing them from seeing things properly at certain distances, forcing their eyes to work harder. As a result, your child’s eyes may become fatigued.

2. Poor School Performance

Your child’s academic success is closely linked to their eyesight. If you notice that your child’s grades are slipping, it may indicate an underlying eyesight error. Your child may be having difficulty seeing notes on the board. They may need eyeglasses or contact lenses to improve their vision.

3. Closing One Eye When Reading

Covering one eye when reading may be a sign that your child has a binocular vision or refractive problem. These eyesight errors may interfere with the eyes’ ability to coordinate with each other. If you see your child doing this, visit an optometrist as soon as you can.

4. Short Attention Span

Vision problems may force your children’s eyes to work twice as hard. This may cause undue pressure on the eye muscles, which may lead to headaches and nausea. Because of the physical discomfort your child is feeling, they may be more fussy than usual. If you notice this happening frequently, schedule an eye exam.

To learn more about children’s vision, call us at (352) 504-4560. We serve Fruitland Park and the surrounding FL areas.