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The association also stated that 60% of children labelled as problem learners may really have undetected vision problems that are sometimes falsely diagnosed as attention deficit disorder, or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Children are usually expected to have a vision check when they are first starting school and beginning to read. The American Optometric Association suggests that children have their vision assessed when they are 6 months old, again when they are three years old, and once every two years after that. It has been found that treatment is more likely to be successful if the patient is at an early age.
Some signs of visual impairment in children are:
Lack of attention or concentration, day dreaming, they complain about frequent headaches, they have poor handwriting, they skip words while reading or use a finger to follow the words while reading, they become clumsy, they turn or tilt their head when looking at something, they have itchy eyes,they have dry eyes, they blink frequently, or they squint when looking at objects too far from them or too close to them.
If you notice your child is having problems with their vision, arrange for an appointment with an optometrist in your area.
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