Across the Raleigh-Durham area, children will be heading back to school at the end of August. Much of classroom learning requires good vision, and Park Ophthalmology wants all Triangle area students to succeed in school. Children may not know when their vision is a problem, but there are cues parents can watch for to see if their youngster needs vision screening. Dr. Beth R. Friedland has a particular interest in pediatric ophthalmology and her practice includes many young patients.
These six behavioral signs that might indicate the need for a youngster’s eye exam:
- Squinting: It’s natural to squint when attempting to bring images into focus. A child who consistently squints to see clearly should have his or her vision evaluated. It could indicate a need for eyeglasses.
- Closing or covering one eye: A child who closes or covers one eye to watch television, use the computer or read could have one eye with better vision than the other. By blocking the signal from the weaker eye, the child is getting a clearer image.
- Holding a book close to the face: Sitting extremely close to the computer screen or television, and bringing a book close to the face can mean a child cannot see clearly from further away. An eye exam will quickly determine whether it’s just habit or a need for glasses or contacts.
- Using a finger while reading: While learning to read, many young children use their finger to follow along. However, as they get older, this habit should disappear. An older elementary child who needs a finger on the page or screen to keep his or her place may be compensating for vision problems.
- Head tilting: Head tilting can reduce the effect of double vision, which can be a result of problems with the eye muscles. An eye exam is a good idea for any child who frequently tilts his or her head to focus intently.
- Headaches or upset stomach: Vision problems can result in headaches, dizziness and nausea for children and adults. If other medical causes have been ruled out, a child who frequently complains of these kinds of symptoms may need to be seen by Dr. Friedland.
Park Ophthalmology serves patients of all ages. If you are concerned about your child’s vision, call the office today to schedule an exam. Beth R. Friedland M.D. will develop a treatment plan to help your child see clearly.
Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!
This article about the children and vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.
The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice. Always consult a physician.
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