Children do not have to be able to read or talk to have their eyes examined: it is possible to see whether a child has healthy eyes or needs glasses without asking them any questions.
Signs to look out for:
- one eye turns in or out – this may be easier to spot when the child is tired
- they rub their eyes a lot
- they have watery eyes
- they are clumsy or have poor hand and eye co-ordination
- your child avoid reading, writing and drawing
- they screw up their eyes or frown when they read or watch TV
- they sit very close to the TV, or hold books or objects close to their face
- they have behaviour or concentration problems at school
- they don’t do as well as they should at school
- they complain about blurred or double vision, or they have unexplained headaches
Simple treatments like wearing glasses or wearing a patch for a while could be all that your child needs. The earlier that eye problems are picked up, the better the outcome will be.