Did you know?
• An undiagnosed vision or eye health problem can interfere with a child's ability to learn.
• 80 per cent of learning is visual, which makes having a comprehensive eye exam an important start to a child’s learning journey.
• Children with vision problems are often misdiagnosed as having learning or
• Eye health problems are detected through an eye exam.
• The sooner problems are treated, the more likely they can be corrected.
• Some conditions have a critical period and once the window passes, permanent visual loss can remain.
• Children are often unaware they have a vision issue as they believe what they are seeing is normal.
• 43% of children who have a vision or eye health problem can pass a basic vision screening or sight test.
• Children may have one eye that is doing most of the work, hiding the fact that the other eye is not functioning properly.
Your child may have a vision or eye health problem if
they are experiencing one or more of these symptoms:
• Struggles with reading, writing or learning.
• Performs below ability level.
• Loses place while reading or uses finger/marker to guide eyes.
• Places head close to books or desk while reading or writing.
• Has a short attention span for age.
• Dislikes or avoids close or detailed work (LEGO, drawing, etc.).
• Has poor eye-hand coordination.
• Turns or tilts head to use only one eye; covers or closes one eye.
• Blinks or rubs eyes excessively.
• Suffers from headaches, nausea, dizziness.
• Complains of burning, itching or blurry eyes.
• Has double vision.