How to detect a child who doesn’t see well?

Specialists from IMO Miranza Group recommend an ocular examination at the beginning of the educational semester to detect vision problems that could affect our youngest children’s learning.

How to detect a child doesn’t see well

Coinciding with Back to School, our ophthalmologists remind you that vision is one of the most influential factors in our children’s performance in schools. ‘Kids perceive 80-90% of their environment’s information through their eyes, so that a non-corrected visual acuity or anomalous ocular movements may provoke an important drawback to their learning’ explains Dr. José Visa, ophthalmologist of the IMO Miranza Group’s Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology. That’s why it’s highly important to be aware of certain visual symptoms.

Signs to know if a child doesn’t see well

The clues that can indicate if your child has visual deficit are depending on their age. ‘In kids younger than a year, one the most important symptoms is the reluctance of using toys or objects, just as of these children are avoiding to look at their parents’ eyes’ explains Dr. Visa. However, there are other symptoms that may be a reason of concern. ‘We need to observe if, for instance, they are getting closer to the TV or other types of screens to see better, if they lose their reading habit or if they suffer headaches during the end of the day.’

‘A child isn’t a small adult. Every visual problem that isn’t treated before the age of seven may prolong irreversibly during adult life.’

Dr. Josep Visa, specialist in pediatric opthalmologic/

IMO Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular
Josep María Lladó, 3
08035 Barcelona
Tel.: (+34) 934 000 700
E-mail: [email protected]


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