Experts estimate that 10% of children suffer amblyopia, a condition popularly known as 'lazy eye'; however, more than half of the parents do not know it, so the affected children do not receive the appropriate treatment, and this disorder influences their school performance.
In addition, a series of activities often performed by children, such as reading, watching television, surfing the Internet or playing videogames, require a significant effort of near vision, which is increasing the number of children with myopia.
Experts of the General Council of Opticians and Optometrists Associations estimate that 5-10% of preschool children and 25% of school children have visual defects such as myopia, strabismus or hyperopia, and warn that not correcting these disorders prevents These children correctly follow the rhythm of the classes, read fluently or study comfortably.
About 30% of cases of school failure are due to visual problems, something that most parents do not know
Thus, according to Juan Carlos Martínez Moral, President of the General Council of Opticians and Optometrists Associations, around 30% of cases of school failure are due to visual problems, something that most parents do not know. And he adds that usually children are not aware of their visual limitations, so they do not complain, and therefore it is essential to take them at least once a year to the optician-optometrist to detect as soon as possible if they have a vision problem.
Signs that indicate that the child does not see well
According to the experts, these are some signs that indicate that the child does not see well or has any problem in the eyes, and that they advise a visit to the specialist as soon as possible:
- Avoid activities related to near vision (such as reading and writing), or far vision (such as playing sports).
- He has many difficulties to read (the book is very close, omits words, is guided by the finger ...), or his reading comprehension is inferior to what would correspond to his age.
- He complains of headache frequently.
- Your eyes get irritated or rubbed when you perform tasks that require near vision.
- It stumbles a lot.
- Wink your eyes or frowns to focus your eyes from far or near.
Source: General Council of Colleges of Opticians-Optometrists