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Many schools across the U.S teach young children how to use their vision by teaching them the things they need through visually learning. Roughly 80%, in fact, use this method to teach young children, and if there are any signs of vision problems in your child, then it can lead to other major effects in their development.

It is vital to take in consideration the vision of your child, and that they should be taken to an eye doctor for an eye exam at least around the age of 6 months before returning at the age of 3 as that is the normal time for the child to attend school. 

1. When your child is facing the TV screen or even towards a book for long periods of time up close, it can lead to some vision problems in their vision development. If this happens on a consistent basis, then it most likely means that they have nearsighted vision problems. 

2. Many children tend to rub their eyes, and if there is a frequent amount of eye rubbing especially while focusing on the subject in front of them, it also means they have vision problems. 

3. Losing the place while reading or having to use the finger can also mean they have trouble with their vision. Normally during the development of a child’s vision as well as their learning how to read, they will often use a finger to sort of guide them towards understanding what they’re reading until they learn how to focus without the need of using the finger. If this continues in your child, then it means they have vision problems. 

4. If your child’s eyes become too sensitive to the intensity of light being thrown at them, then it also means vision problems. What this means is that they have what is called photophobia, and can usually lead to headaches and nausea as they’re not used to the immense amounts of light into their eyes. 

5. When a child closes one eye and uses only one eye to use their vision, it means that there is a refractive/binocular vision problem in their eyes and vision development. What this means is that they’re not used to using both eyes or haven’t yet been comfortable using the two eyes in their vision. 

6. Sometimes education plays a factor. If your child is receiving low grades than what they were before, then it means they’re unable to see what the teacher is writing on the board or is teaching to the class. This could well mean that the child has low vision and does not have the means to explain, which results in his loss of grades.

Dr. Joseph Cohen O.D.
Woodland Hills Optometrist
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(818) 345-3937
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19737 Ventura Blvd., Suite 201, Woodland Hills, CA 91364