Recognizing & Treating Vision Problems in Children

Recognizing & Treating Vision Problems in Children
Posted on 06/18/2018

Recognizing & Treating Vision Problems in ChildrenThe exceptional team at Howerton Eye Clinic can help you recognize if your children are having vision problems that are causing difficulty in the classroom, struggles with reading books, or interference with performing seemingly mundane activities that once seemed easy for them. It’s important to understand that even from an early age, comprehensive eye care is a vital component to your children’s overall health. So learn how to see the signs of vision problems in your children, and discover how to take care of them too!

How to Recognize a Vision Problem

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), there are a few telltale signs that indicate a child is struggling with his or her eyesight:

  • Squinting
  • Tilting their head/covering one of their eyes
  • Holding a device or book too close to their face
  • Excessive eye-rubbing
  • Avoiding activities such as puzzles and coloring
  • Complaints of headaches or eyes hurting
  • Trouble concentrating in school
  • Sensitivity to light

The AOA also points out that children may experience vision troubles as early as preschool (3 to 5 years old). For parents, this means that recognizing these signs is key because kids often aren’t old enough to fully explain their struggles.

Treating Your Child’s Vision Problem

Thankfully, there are great solutions for children with vision problems. A comprehensive eye examination between ages 3 and 5 is recommended—one of the many services easily administered by the team at Howerton Eye Clinic. After the exam, your child’s eye doctor can recommend a prescription and corrective lenses can be purchased if needed.

LASIK, while safe and effective, isn’t recommended until a patient’s eyes stop changing, which can continue into adulthood. So the best options for treating vision problems in children tend to be eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Schedule Your Appointment Now

The team at Howerton Eye Clinic can help treat your children’s vision problems. Contact us now to schedule a comprehensive eye exam at either our Austin or Kyle, TX locations.

Howerton Eye Clinic, PLLC

  • South Central Austin Office - 2610 South IH 35, Austin, TX 78704 Phone: (512) 443-9715
  • Southwest Austin Office - 5625 Eiger Rd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78735 Phone: (512) 872-6059
  • Kyle Office - 5401 FM 1626, Suite 365, Kyle, TX 78640 Phone: (512) 872-6064
Fax: (512) 443-9845

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