This week’s blog on Signs that your child has a vision problem has been contributed by Dr. Namir Kafil-Hussain, Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Specialist in Children’s Eye Diseases, Strabismus and Paediatric Cataract Surgery
Good vision is crucial to a child’s education, development, future career and self-esteem and confidence. 80% of children’s learning happens visually and according to the American Optometric Association, 1 in 5 children has a vision problem that affects their ability to learn.
Learning disabilities that are associated with vision problems include:
Most of the visual disorders that affect early-age children’s learning can be treated successfully when detected and diagnosed in the early stages of childhood, especially between the age of 2 and 5, and up to the age of 7.
Parents, teachers and paediatricians should focus on the early detection and identification of the signs that a child might have a visual problem. These early signs include:
If the child displays or complains about any of these symptoms, please take your child to a paediatric ophthalmologist (children’s eye doctor) for an assessment and appropriate treatment.