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Warning Signs Of Child Vision Problems

An estimated 60 percent of children with learning difficulties have undiagnosed vision problems, and 80 percent of learning is visual.

This puts these children at a serious disadvantage in their education and their social development. So what can we do as parents to make sure this doesn’t happen to our children? Fortunately, there’s plenty!

Why Are So Many Vision Problems Undiagnosed?

One reason childhood eye problems aren’t diagnosed as often as they should is that children don’t self-report. Adults sometimes compound this issue by mistaking the symptoms for those of learning disabilities. When children struggle with visual tasks, they may not recognize that the problem is with their eyes. All they know is that they’re having a harder time with these things than their peers, which can be confusing and upsetting, especially if adults are scolding them for failing to do the tasks.

Common Vision Problems

Another reason vision problems go undiagnosed is that many children don’t get comprehensive eye exams. The school nurse may test their visual acuity with the big E chart, but that’s it. While this is certainly an important test, there’s a lot that it doesn’t check for, such as:

  • Convergence Insufficiency: a binocular vision problem in which the eyes tend to drift outward when looking at up-close things, making tasks like reading difficult.
  • Astigmatism: a refractive error that causes blurry vision, but whose effects can be subtle enough that a vision screening might miss it. If left untreated by corrective lenses, this can cause amblyopia.
  • Strabismus: misalignment of the eyes where they turn in, out, up, or down. Untreated strabismus can also cause amblyopia, but it can be corrected by patching, specially designed glasses, or sometimes surgery.
  • Amblyopia, or “lazy eye”: poor vision in one eye, typically caused by astigmatism, difference in each eye’s refractive error, or crossed eyes. Without treatment, amblyopia can lead to irreversible vision loss.

Signs Parents Can Watch For

Some symptoms of an eye problem are easily observable, such as an eye turning in or out or frequent squinting, but others may require more careful observation. It’s never a bad idea to bring your child in for a comprehensive eye exam, but you should definitely schedule one if you notice that they…

  • frequently rub their eyes or blink rapidly
  • have a short attention span
  • struggle with or avoid reading and other up-close activities
  • get frequent headaches
  • often cover one eye
  • tilt their head to one side
  • hold their reading materials close to their eyes
  • often lose their place while reading
  • have difficulty remembering what they just read

Don’t Wait To Schedule Your Child’s Eye Exam

As parents, we want to give our children the very best, and an important part of that is making sure that if they have a vision disorder, it gets diagnosed and treated as soon as possible so that they don’t have to struggle against it as they learn and grow. If you want to know more about any of these eye conditions or schedule an eye exam for your child, just give us a call!

Healthy vision is the gateway to learning!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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94 N Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048

Contact Information

Phone: 508-339-3952
Fax: +1 (508) 339-6907
  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: Closed
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Why Choose Hayden Optometric?

Our Brands

Our Brands

Your eyes are unique, and so is your sense of style, which is why selecting your frames and lenses is a very personal choice. Your frames should fit your sense of style, and your lenses should suit your vision needs. Hayden Optometric Inc. is proud to offer a wide variety of brands so that we can help you find the frames and lenses that best suit your needs and style.

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

Hayden Optometric wants to be a thought leader in the eye health industry. We are always dedicated to making life better for our patients. In fact, our own Dr. Joel Hayden has leveraged his knowledge as an optometrist and nutritionist to develop his own line of eye wipes and fish oil to bolster your eye health.



Dr. Hayden is also the founder of HALT Myopia; the Hayden Advanced Lens Therapy System. Designed for nearsighted kids, HALT Myopia has been called “LASIK for kids,” only without lasers, scalpels, pain, recovery, or risk of overcorrection.

Read more about HALT and other methods of myopia control.

The Future of Eye Health Technology

The Future of Eye Health Technology

We really value innovation. That’s why we rely on some of the most advanced technology available to help us examine, diagnose, and treat all of our patients. When you choose Hayden Optometric, you know you’re getting some of the most state-of-the-art equipment the industry has to offer.