If you notice that your child is having a hard time with sight words, colors and other learning requirements that are associated with kindergarten, the problem could be their vision. If you've never taken the time to have you child's vision examined, they could be struggling or falling behind.
A lot of parents don't realize that their child could be suffering from some type of vision impairment because the child has never seen clearly, so the child doesn't know to signal there is an issue. Here are a few things to consider before taking your child for an examination.
Find a Specialist
Don't take your child to their pediatrician to get an eye exam, take them to an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. The exam at the pediatrician or for kindergarten screening is basic, you need tests that can diagnose and confirm vision problems. You want the child to see a professional eye doctor because they have the latest testing equipment, they can dilate the child's eyes if necessary, and they will be familiar with recognizing eye complications in children. There are many eye doctors that are pediatric specialists.
Get a Teacher Report
Have the child's teacher compile a list of problems they notice in the classroom. They may notice the student can recognize things on the board or in the classroom, but they have issues with items that are close up. The teacher may also notice if the child has trouble with colors or light sensitivity that you don't see at home.
If the eye professional states that the vision is weak and that your child may need glasses, or that they could have a problem down the road, continue taking the child for annual eye exams. You don't want your child to fall behind or start struggling again, and you may want to do exercises to help strengthen and maintain the child's vision.
If your child is having difficulty with the curriculum and you're concerned that they may not be able to see properly, don't waste any time getting them checked out by the eye experts. The frustration that your child has from not being able to recognize words and letters, shapes or patterns may not have anything to do with their intelligence or their ability to comprehend what they learn. Instead, it could be because they aren't able to clearly see what all of the objects or shapes are.Share
16 January 2016
After I realized that I had a vision problem, I decided to wait awhile before visiting the eye doctor. Although my vision seemed to grow worse on a daily basis, I was nervous about wearing glasses or contacts. However, I knew that I needed to make a change. After almost getting into an accident on the freeway, I headed straight to the nearest opticians office. My doctor evaluated my eyesight, and told me that I had an astigmatism and bad near-sightedness. He prescribed corrective lenses, and you wouldn't believe how big of a difference they made. This blog is all about having the courage to get help with your vision.