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Is Your Child’s Vision Back to School Ready?

By Dr. Andrew Maxwell - Vision Center South

Nearsightedness, or myopia, is the most common cause of vision impairment among people under 40, including children.

Nearsightedness usually begins in childhood and makes it difficult to see distant objects. Children have a high risk of developing myopia if one or both parents are also myopic. In most cases, myopia stabilizes during early adulthood. However, in some cases, it may continue to progress as the individual ages.

Myopia cases have continued to rise, especially among young children. As the school year approaches, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of myopia and other vision or ocular related conditions that could adversely affect learning and classroom performance.

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There are many signs that your child may have a problem with their vision. These are some of the most common:

10 Signs That Your Child May Have Vision Problems

  • Short attention span in class and at home
  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • They avoid reading, homework and other activities that strain their eyes
  • Squinting, closing or covering their eyes
  • Frequent dizziness, headaches or nausea
  • Losing their place when reading a book and using a finger to guide eyes when reading
  • Quickly forgetting what they read
  • Consistently sitting too close to the TV and holding reading materials close to their eyes
  • Performing below potential
  • Seeing double

Treatment

Cases of progressive nearsightedness are treatable using several myopia control methods. Some of the treatments available include myopia control glasses, atropine eye drops and myopia control lenses. In most cases, using standard prescription contacts or eyeglasses are the best treatment. However, some visual conditions may require more specialized treatment options, such as prism compensated reading glasses or blue blocker lenses for extended computer or device use.

Visiting an Eye Doctor

If your child is having trouble seeing distant objects or is having trouble with reading or reading comprehension, then it’s essential to see a doctor. Poor vision can affect the child’s quality of life, and a pair of prescription eyeglasses or contacts is typically the best treatment.

To learn more about nearsightedness, contact Vision Center South in Dothan and Enterprise, Alabama, or Marianna, Florida. You can also call (888) 660-2738 to book an appointment today.

Andrew Maxwell
Author: Andrew Maxwell

Dr. Andrew Maxwell received a Bachelors of Science in chemisstry from the University of West Alabama in 1980. He received his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1984. Dr. Maxwell is a member of the American Optometric Association, Alabama Optometric Association and the Southeast Area Optometric Society. He is a devoted family man. He and his wife, Karen, of 35 years have two daughters, Hannah and Lydia. He is a proud "Poppy" to his grandchildren.

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Is Your Child’s Vision Back to School Ready?

by Andrew Maxwell time to read: 2 min