From the ages of 2 to 5, children use their vision to guide essential learning experiences, such as reading and writing. Good vision also aids in the development of hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. According to the American Optometric Association, parents should be aware of the potential for vision problems in young children. Failing to notice such problems could contribute to the development of a lazy eye, or even increase the likelihood that a child might be held back in school.
Common signs of eye or vision problems include:
• Sitting too close to the television or a computer screen
• Holding a book close to the eyes
• Frequently rubbing the eyes
• Sensitivity to light
• Avoiding coloring, puzzles or other detailed activities
If your child has any of these signs, visit your eye doctor to help prevent any potential further vision or learning issues.