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• Tends to rub the eyes?

• Has an eye that turns in or out?

• Has headaches after reading?

• Only one eye can focus on the subject?

• Turns or Tilts head to one side to use one eye only?

• Holds objects and reading material closer than normal?

• Has difficulty copying from the blackboard, textbook or notebook?

• Has difficulty comprehending what they read?

• Moves the head instead of the eye when reading?

 

Signs of Vision Problems in Children Vision problems or difficulties affect about 15% of children. Early detection and appropriate treatment is important and vital. Observe your child and see if any of the following applies. If the answer is YES to 3 or more of the questions below, your child might have a learning-related vision problem.
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) Amblyopia, commonly called lazy eye, affects approximately 3 out of every 100 children in the USA. It involves lowered visual acuity and/or poor muscle control in one eye. The difference in focusing ability causes one eye to be used more often or a misalignment causes one eye to "shut off" to avoid double vision. The result is a loss of stereoscopic vision and depth perception. Early detection is extremely important and vision therapy can improve this condition.
Strabismus (Crossed Eye) Crossed eye, strabismus, esotropia, exotropia, hiperphoria affect about 4 out of 100 children in the USA. This is a visual defect in which the eyes point in different directions where one eye turns up, down, in or out and the other eye aims straight. This results in partial or total loss of depth perception and stereo vision. The eye misalignment is not always obvious to an untrained observer.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) Conjunctivitis, commonly called "pink eye", is an infection of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the outer-most layer of the eye that covers the sclera. The most common types of conjunctivitis are: bacterial, viral, and allergic. Bacterial and viral conjunctivitis are normally very contagious. Each type of conjunctivitis requires a different form of treatment.
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