During the preschool years, a child will be fine-tuning the vision and visual skills that he or she already developed during the infant and toddler years.
August is a great time to teach children about the importance of taking care of their eyes.
Warning Signs of Possible Preschool Vision Problems
- Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
- Tilting the head to see better
- Frequently rubbing eyes, even when not sleepy
- Shielding eyes or other signs of sensitivity to light
- Excessive tearing and watery eyes
- Closing one eye to read, watch TV or see better
- Avoiding activities that require near vision, such as coloring or reading, or distance vision, such as playing ball or tag
- Complaining of headaches or tired eyes
Finally, even if your child did not have symptoms or other vision problems in preschool, the child should have an eye exam at 6 months old and then when he turns 3yrs old and also before school starts.
Source: AGH Dammam – Ophthalmology dept