Signs to Look For

 

Because vision and hearing may change frequently during the school years, regular medical exams are important. Over the years, you and your child’s teachers should watch for clues that your child’s vision or hearing may be changing. Some of them may be subtle. A child may not tell you that he or she may have a vision or hearing problem because they may think the way they see and hear is the same as everyone else.
Signs that may indicate a child has a vision or hearing problem include:

  • Frequent eye rubbing or blinking
  • Avoiding reading and other close activities
  • Frequent headaches
  • Covering one eye
  • Tilting or turning the head to one side
  • Holding reading materials close to the face
  • An eye turning in or out
  • Seeing double
  • Losing place when reading
  • Difficulty remembering what he or she read
  • Attempt to do work, but with a lower level of comprehension
  • Experience discomfort and fatigue
  • Has a short attention span
  • Asking to repeat things that have been said
  • Turning volume up on electronic devices
  • Difficulty pronouncing words

All of these are just examples. There are other signs that a medical professional can discuss with you as your child grows.

The important fact to remember is that on-going vision and hearing screenings by healthcare professionals are important. Growing children use their eyes and ears constantly, both at play and in the classroom. Early detection of vision or hearing problems increases each child’s opportunity for academic, athletic, and social success!