If your child is nearsighted, he may have difficulty reading words or seeing from a distance such as the whiteboard at school. You may notice them sitting close to the TV or computer, or holding their mobile phone or tablet close to their face. Other nearsighted symptoms to watch out for include your child complaining of headaches, tired eyes, squinting, or regularly rubbing their eyes.
Astigmatism means the eye is more oval shaped than round which causes light to be focused at more than one place in the eye. It’s likely that if a child has astigmatism they will be far or near–sighted too.
Double vision is usually caused by strabismus and causes two identical images to appear next to, above or below, each other. If you notice that your child is having trouble with their depth perception, or if they’re frequently missing objects that they try to grab hold of, then it would be a good idea to get their eyes checked.
Ptosis is a drooping of the upper eyelid which can restrict or block vision in that eye.
The condition is generally caused by weakness in the muscle which holds the eyelid up. Children can either be born with the condition or develop it later in childhood. If the eyelid droops enough to impede vision, it can cause amblyopia to develop. This is because the brain has to rely less on that eye and start using the stronger eye instead. If the eyelid droops very low then your child may need surgery to raise it in order to preserve vision in that eye.
To sum it all up, if you’re in any doubt at all about your child’s eye health, then see your eye care professional for an eye exam, as soon as possible!
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