Good eyesight is important for children to be able to play and learn. Children who cannot see well may have problems with reading, hand-eye coordination and speech.
Every year in Ontario:
- 15,000 children have trouble learning to read because they need glasses
- 7000 children lose the use of one eye because they have an eye problem that is not treated in time.
Statistics from www.visionscreening.ca
Signs of an eye problem
Your child may not tell you they have problems seeing, because they have never experienced good vision. You may not notice your child is having problems with their eyes. Learn more about signs of vision problems. Based on information from the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) and the Canadian Association of Optometrists
Visit an optometrist if you notice any of these signs:
- Squinting or holding objects close to the eyes
- Blinking often
- Turning or tilting the head to the side often
- Covering or closing one eye
- One eye that turns out or in
- Rubbing, tearing, itchy or burning eyes
- Reporting blurry or double vision
- Reporting headaches, nausea or eye strain
Other signs that can be related to a vision problem:
- Short attention span
- Day dreaming
- A dislike of near work (eg. reading, playing with Lego)
- Skipping words, letters or lines when reading or taking notes from the board
- Using a finger or moving the head to track when reading
- Trouble reading, difficulty remembering what was read or poor comprehension
- Delayed learning of the alphabet
- Persistent letter, number or word reversals
- Not completing assignments on time
- Difficulty with geometric shapes
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Poor performance in school
- Behavioural problems that stem from frustration
Does my child need to go to an optometrist (eye doctor)?
If my child had vision screening at school, do they still need to go to an optometrist?
When should I take my child to the optometrist?
Financial Assistance for Glasses
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