Back to school: check the children's view

There are few days left for the return to school and many parents are concerned about the performance their children will have during this course. We collect the books, the right clothes, we care about the friendships that will make this new course ... But,Do we thoroughly review the sight of our children? Nearly three out of four cases of school failure are associated with a vision problem.

In no time they will be sitting in the classrooms, therefore, now in the return to school is the ideal time to thoroughly review the visual health of children, since their correct school development depends directly on their vision works optimal way. Nearly 75 percent of cases of failure is straining associated with vision problems.

A routine exam is not enough, point Eduardo Ladrón de Guevara, director of the Federópticos Institute, who warns us that "if only routine tests of visual health control are carried out, up to 60 percent of the anomalies can be overlooked." The visual exams that are carried out in the schools only cover a a hundred of the visual problems and it is necessary to be able to detect the globality ".

Factors to take into account for the visual health of children

- Eye movements related to reading.

- Study of binocularity or mink in 3D.

- Visual refraction or graduation of the eye.

- Eye health examination.

- Visual perception skills related to learning.

25 percent of school-age children wear glasses when suffering from a vision problem such as myopia, lazy eye or hyperopia, what if it is not treated at the time, can negatively affect your academic performance.

In addition, the visual demands of the last decade have been increased by the use of mobile devices, tablets, consoles and computers, which means that the number of children with myopia has multiplied by two.

When should we start worrying about the sight of children

There are several symptoms that can serve as an alarm to know if the child really has vision problems:

- See the blackboard or television.

- Concentration problems.

- Recurring headaches.

- Double vision of the objects.

- Ocular pain.

- Visual and constant fatigue, nervousness or irritability after a task.

- Situations and forced postures to read or write.

- Red or swollen eyelids and frequent rubbing of the eyes.

- Continuous blinking, squinting or other facial deformations when reading.

- Having photophobia.

Noelia de Santiago Monteserín


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