About 20-30% of the normal school going children have some kind of Refractive Error (glass numbers). The common problems in children are:
- Glass number
- Amblyopia or Lazy Eye
We recommend that pre school children receive a complete eye examination at the age of five years or earlier if any problem is noticed. If you answer “Yes” or ” Sometimes ” to four or more of the following questions, your child may have a visual problem.
Does your child :
- Holds object very close to their eyes?
- Excessively rub their eyes, blink or squint after close visual work?
- Complain of headaches after reading?
- Becomes tired after reading?
- Have difficulty comprehending what they have read?
- Complain of headaches or eyestrain?
- Have red or watery eyes (which could also be a sign of allergies).
- Performs below expected levels in school?
- Have a short attention span or difficulty staying on task?
- Have an eye that turns in or out?
- Complaints of blurred vision with schoolwork or reading?
- Have difficulty copying from a textbook or chalkboard?
- Avoids reading? Or goes very near to the TV while watching programmes.
Children having glasses should undergo eye checkups every 6 months till their glass number stabilizes and then once every month. Or for other eye treatments when advised by the Eye care specialist.