Vision plays a crucial part in the development of your child as it assists in both sensory and motor development. It is much more than just being able to see objects up close or far away.
It is important to realise by not identifying problems early; one may affect the normal development of a child. At least 80 % of what children learn, is seen through their eyes. Vision problems can adversely affect school achievement, sporting ability and social integration.
Studies have shown that 1 in 4 children of school age and 1 in 20 pre-primary children suffer from visual problems that could affect their performance.
A comprehensive eye examination may identify a visual problem that could prevent the child from achieving his/her full potential. The sooner the problem is discovered, the greater the chance of correction. EARLY DETECTION IS VITAL!
One or more of the following signs could indicate that a child has a vision problem. Book an appointment with your World of Vision Optometrist as soon as possible.
- Holding a book too close or too far from the eyes.
- Frequently changing the distance at which a book is held.
- Frequent blinking.
- Frequently losing a place on a page.
- Confuses words, syllables or letters.
- Tilting head to one side.
- Stops reading after a short period.
- Using a finger as a marker when reading.
- Lack of comprehension.
- Headaches and eye pain.
- Poor concentration.
- Squinting eyes to see clearly.
- Bending head forward while looking up at the object.
- Using head movements to follow an object.
- Seems to lose concentration when things are explained on the board in front of the classroom.
- Closing or covering of one eye.
- Sensitivity to light.
- Sitting too close to the television.
Above signs indicate either a refraction problem (Near-sighted, Farsighted or Astigmatism) – Spectacles will be prescribed, or a visual developmental problem, which can be treated with Visual therapy.
It is advisable to take a child for an eye examination before they take the big step of going to grade R. After the age of five, children should have their eyes examined at least once a year by a qualified optometrist.
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