August is Children's Eye Health and Safety Month and Lehmann Eye Center encourages parents to make an appointment with a family eye care provider part of every child's back-to-school routine because good vision is vital to academic success.
Growing children need regular vision screenings. An estimated 80% of classroom learning occurs visually, and some students who are thought to have learning disabilities may actually suffer from vision problems. A comprehensive eye exam can identify issues that may affect your child's academic and athletic performance.
Lehmann Eye Center recommends regular eye exams, and there are some signs parents can watch for that may indicate your child is having vision problems.
• Eyes don't line up, one eye appears crossed or looks outward;
• Eyelids are red-rimmed, crusted, or swollen;
• Eyes are watery, red or inflamed;
• Child rubs eyes frequently;
• Child closes or covers one eye;
• Child tilts head or thrusts head forward;
• Child squints or turns head in an unusual manner while watching television;
• Child has trouble reading or doing other close-up work, or holds objects close to eyes to see;
• Child blinks more than usual or seems cranky when doing close-up work;
• Child complains of dizziness, headaches or nausea after doing close-up work.
If your child has any of these symptoms, or if your child tells you about eye strain, schedule an appointment with Lehmann Eye Center. Treating conditions early can often prevent permanent damage.