Medical Optometry

7 Signs Your Child May Need an Eye Exam

One in four American children has undetected vision problems, holding them back while playing sports or at school. Visual learning accounts for approximately 80% of education. So, poor vision may lead to poor grades, low self-esteem, and behavioral issues like procrastination or excuses for handling assignments. At Advanced Family Eye Care in Torrance, CA, our optometrist can detect vision issues in your child early on to maintain their sight. Book an appointment with our optometrist in Torrance if your child shows any of these signs:    

1. Squinting

Squinting is a prevalent symptom of a potential vision disorder. It reduces the size of a blurry object on the back of your retina for a temporary observation. However, squinting means your child requires immediate eye care and can signify something more severe.

2. Tilting the Head

If your child frequently tilts their head to one side, it might signal an eye muscle imbalance called strabismus. In other words, double vision when looking in a specific direction. Tilting the head in one direction helps minimize this issue and is a sign that your child needs medical optometry attention.  

3. Frequent Headaches

Undiagnosed farsightedness causes painful headaches to compensate for their blurry eyesight. These headaches are difficult to sleep with and repetitive. Headaches can still be linked to other potential severe eye problems.

4. Sitting Close

If your shy child chooses a seat in front of the class or sits right in front of the TV, it could indicate nearsightedness. Observing them bringing things close to their face is usually a decent indication of losing focus from further away.

5. Difficulty Reading

It would be best to book an appointment with us if your child may:

  • Avoid reading or losing interest altogether
  • Read unevenly
  • Muddle with words
  • Re-read the same lines
  • Complains about feeling eye pain or tiredness after reading

6. Closing One Eye

This action might signal that your child has a poorer vision in one eye and better vision in the other. There is a need for an eye checkup to help improve the condition. When your child does this action, it's almost as if they are diagnosing themselves. Comparing each side to one another to see which side is the better eye.

7. Rubbing Eyes

Straining your eyes can cause eye fatigue and dry eyes. If your child is rubbing their eyes after reading something, watching TV, or doing their homework, it means they’re struggling with poor eyesight. Conducting an eye test helps diagnose the condition and tailor a personalized treatment to improve their vision.

Children Need a Comprehensive Eye Exam

Usually, your child needs 17 visual skills to write, read, enjoy athletics, and do Math. Any issue with these skills leads to poor athletic and academic performance. Our comprehensive eye exam helps rule out any visual disorders that impede your child’s performance.

Contact Advanced Family Eye Care in Torrance, CA, for the Best Eye Care Treatment

Don’t panic over these issues. The Advanced Family Eye Care team in Torrance, CA, can offer a comprehensive eye exam and solution. Contact us today at (310) 373-9993 for your child’s eye checkup.

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Monday
09:30 am - 05:30 pm 12:00 pm - 02:00 pm Lunch
Tuesday
09:30 am - 05:30 pm 12:00 pm - 02:00 pm Lunch
Wednesday
09:30 am - 05:30 pm 12:00 pm - 02:00 pm Lunch *Every 3rd and 4th Wednesday: 02:00pm - 5:30 pm
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