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Children seldom speak up when they experience eye pain or discomfort. They usually try out different ways to ease the malaise and will not bother talking about it. These eye challenges include difficulty in reading, seeing objects clearly or watching television and poor academic performance at school.

If these eye challenges are not identified  and treated early enough, any underlying eye problems will get worse and result in permanent damage. This will make life difficult for the child. We encourage parents to look out for these warning signs which indicate that their child might need prompt eye examination and medicated glasses.

Possible warning signs:

Squinting

If you notice your child wrinkling his/her face and eyes up in an attempt to see something near or far from them, you should consider taking that child to see the eye doctor. Children will squint in an attempt to see clearly. But this is just a temporary relief because squinting changes the shape of the eyes and how it sees objects briefly. So it should be investigated to identify any underlying eye problem.

Sitting too close to the television

Have you noticed your child sitting unusually close to  the television or taking a gadget close to their eyes or nose to watch cartoons and play games? These are often signs of short- sightedness.

People with this eye condition usually see better when objects are placed very close to their face but they don’t see well when these objects are far away. For them, the closer the object, the bigger it looks. So when next you see a child looking at things at an extremely close range, take him/her for proper eye tests and if recommended, prescription glasses.

Losing their place while reading

As a parent, your child’s ability to read aloud to you makes you proud. It is also a way for you to identify any eye challenges that your child might be experiencing. If your child suddenly skips lines or loses track of the place he/she is reading from, it could possibly be a sign of astigmatism and this is caused by a problem within the eye muscles which should be addressed without delay.

If you observe any of the above signs in your child, feel free to schedule an appointment with us so that eye tests can be carried out and the right solution recommended for your child.