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4 Signs That Your Child May Have a Vision Error

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Your child’s vision plays a critical role in their development and learning. This means children with eyesight problems take longer and have a harder time learning new concepts.

In today’s post, Park Slope Eye, your leading provider of dry eye treatment and other eye care services, shares four telltale signs your child may have a vision problem.

1. Shutting One Eye When Watching TV

Amblyopia is a vision disorder that develops when the eyes and the brain have problems working together. This may cause one of the eyes to have a different visual acuity than the other, and can lead to the affected eye pointing toward a different direction. This may confuse your children’s brain, forcing it to ignore those signals coming from the weaker eye. Over time, the affected eye may gradually lose its function, which is why this problem is also known as “lazy eye.” Your pediatric eye doctor explains that people with this condition often shut one of their eyes as a compensatory mechanism.

2. Avoiding Playing Outdoors

If your child avoids playing outdoors, this could be a sign of increased light sensitivity, a symptom of photophobia. They may also refuse having their picture taken, as the flash of the camera can cause nausea and headaches. Another possible reason your child may avoid going outside is nearsightedness, which causes difficulty with distant-range vision, making it hard to play games like tag or catch.

3. Sitting Too Close to the TV

Sitting too close to the TV might be a sign of myopia or nearsightedness. This refractive error causes blurry far-range vision. We may prescribe corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses to manage this condition.

4. Poor Academic Performance

Low marks on your child’s tests may mean they’re having a hard time seeing the notes written on the board. If you notice their grades are starting to slip, consider bringing them to your trusted eye clinic for a comprehensive eye exam.

Schedule an appointment today and learn more signs your kids may have hidden vision problems. We proudly serve families in Brooklyn, NY, and nearby communities.


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  • Written by Justin Bazan

    Dr. Justin Bazan is a 2004 SUNY College of Optometry graduate. He established Park Slope Eye in 2008 with the goal of providing high quality eyecare and incredible eyewear for the neighborhood. He has a true passion for optometry and stay up to date with the current research and trends. He is active in the profession and holds several leadership positions on the local, state and national levels. Dr. Bazan is a Park Slope local and can often be seen out in the neighborhood so be sure to say Hi next time you see him!

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