Signs of vision problems

If you, your child or anyone close to you displays any of the following signs it could be indicative of a vision problem:

  • Rubs eyes frequently
  • Attempts to brush away blur (children)
  • Has dizziness, headaches or nausea following close proximity work
  • Is inattentive during lessons done on chalkboard, wall chart or map (children)

When looking at distant objects:

  • Holds body tense
  • Contorts face in attempts to see distant things clearly
  • Thrusts head forward
  • Squints eyes excessively

When reading:

  • Blinks excessively
  • Holds book too far from face
  • Holds book too close to face
  • Makes frequent changes in distance when book is held
  • Stops after brief period
  • Shuts or covers one eye
  • Tilts head to one side
  • Tends to reverse words or syllables
  • Tends to look cross-eyed
  • Tends to lose place on page
  • Confuses words or letters
  • Complains that eyes hurt or feel “dusty” (children)
  • Prefers to view distant objects rather than those close-by
  • Frequent appearance of sties, a bloodshot condition, eye watering or redness of the tissues around the eye
  • Unusual tendency to hold or move a hand in front of the eyes
    Abnormal sensitivity to light or unusual difficulty adapting to very low levels of light

When any of the above symptoms or indicators are noted, a professional eye care specialist should be consulted for a thorough eye examination and test.