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Vision Problems Of School-Age Kids.

Vision Problems Of School-Age Kids.

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Problem in vision can impair children’s ability to have a normal life. School-aged children are especially prone to these issues. This can affect their performance in school, diminishing their education, but can also lead to more serious problems in the future. Even though children may not consider eye problems as a threat, parents should be the ones looking out for signs, and making an effort of prevention.

Eye Exams

School children typically have vision screening tests as part of their general health examination at least once a year. Although they are important, vision screening is not thorough enough to detect more acute vision impairment and eye problems, especially with kids. Therefore, it is suggested that kids have a comprehensive eye examination managed at least once every two years by a qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist. Their specialization allows them to better diagnose and provide solutions for any health problems a child is facing. Not only that, but regular checkups help predetermine and minimize any health risks.

Changes in the Routine.

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In some instances, parents have also the ability to notice changes, early symptoms of eye disease. If you notice physical changes, such as misaligned eyes, cloudy pupils, droopy eyelids, redness, swelling, tearing, and children squinting or rubbing their eyes, act accordingly and consult your child’s doctor. Apart from that, be conscious of changes in behavior, such as sitting unusually close to a screen, alteration in their reading habit, or troubles in keeping up with school work, all point to problems in vision. Talk to other members of the family and teachers to see if they have noticed similar development and always be aware.

Creating a Healthy Environment.

In creating a healthy environment and accustoming children to a healthier lifestyle you will prevent vision problems. Your kids should regularly eat foods that improve vision, and are rich in omega-3, lutein and vitamins C and E. These are found in oily fish, such as salmon and tuna, green, leafy vegetables like spinach, nuts, citrus fruit, and orange vegetables such as carrots and squash. Apart from their diet, teach children to always read in a well-lit ambience, and to keep a healthy distance from a TV or computer screen, with a maximum viewing time of two hours.

Effects and Treatment of Common Vision Problems.

Although children can face numerous vision problems, if caught early on they are treatable, and in all cases are correctable, and in some instances even curable. These health issues can be resolved through correctional eye-wear like glasses and contact lenses, or if permanent through corrective eye surgery.  Besides there being numerous other vision problem kids face, in order to help you better understand, these are the most common ones:

Myopia.

Better known as nearsightedness, this is one of the most wide-spread vision problem children face. It affects the child’s ability to see objects in the distance, which come across as blurred. The most common symptoms include sitting close to the screen, book placed close to face when reading, rapid blinking, squinting, moving the head forward, decrease in school performance and grades. Also, the pioneering clinic in laser surgery, Personal Eyes, has successfully proven that problems with vision in children causes them to have an aversion towards sports, and other outdoor activities that require good distance vision.

Hyperopia.

Also known as farsightedness, effects children’s ability to focus objects in their immediate vicinity. This vision impairment means children have trouble viewing objects close-up which will have great effect primarily on their school work and studies. Physical symptoms include frequent headaches, eye rubbing, distancing objects and books away from their eyes, poor reading skills, and lower grades in school.

Computer Vision Syndrome.

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As it name indicates, this ailment has to do with the overuse of the computer screen. And because it is more liable to affect children rather than adults, parents should definitely limit their child’s screen time, be it any gadget that requires strong focus, and decays vision over time. The side effects of this problem are blurred, or even double vision, headaches, increased discomfort and tension in the neck, shoulders and upper and lower back, and dry red eyes. In the end, it is important to remember to look out for signs that your child is having trouble seeing. Be aware of changes in behavior and their usual habits. Ultimately, by providing them with a healthy environment and having them go on regular eye exams, you will prevent vision problems indefinitely.

This is a Guest Post by Peter Minkoff – he’s a writer from Voice Boks.

3 thoughts on “Vision Problems Of School-Age Kids.

  1. Thanks for raising awareness on this issue. I was detected with an eye sight problem when I was only 7 years old as it is a hereditary issue in my family. I was lucky enough that my parents noticed the symptoms and took me to an optician. Early detection is always better. It stops your condition from getting worse.

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