While you should take your child in for their regular vision exams, it doesn't mean that they won't start experiencing vision problems between those visits. You should be aware of some of the warning signs that can indicate your child is starting to have a problem with their vision so you can promptly take them into the optometrist to have their vision checked again and get them started with corrective lenses or other treatments. The information here will educate you on some of the more common red flags to watch for.

Your child's grades suddenly start slipping

While there can be plenty of reasons for your child's grades to suddenly start getting worse, a change in their eyesight can also be a big contributing factor. This can be especially true if your child's desk is in the back of the class. If you start to see a pattern with your child's grades, talk to the teacher and ask your child if they think they have a problem seeing the board. Find out where they sit and see if changing desks makes a difference. If not, make an appointment to have their vision checked.

Your child starts to develop headaches

If your child has started complaining about headaches, there could be a lot of reasons for them. Your child may suffer from seasonal allergies, they could be under a lot of stress or they could be experiencing vision problems. You should make an appointment to get your child in to see their doctor and optometrist so you can get to the bottom of the issue.

Your child begins having a hard time playing sports

If your child plays sports, such as softball, soccer or hockey, and you notice they aren't playing as well as they normally do, it may be due to them having a hard time seeing the ball or the puck. Instead of thinking they are just no longer as interested in playing that sport, look for the possibility of vision problems.

Your child sits very close to screens

If your child normally sits further back from the TV and computer, but now you notice they are moving closer and closer, then you want to tell them to move back and see if they can maintain that distance, or whether they tell you they can't see it then. It's common for kids to sit too close, so this can be a hard distinction to make.

For more tips about your child's potential vision problems, schedule an eye exam with an optometrist like Olympia Eye Clinic, Inc., P.S..