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EYE PROBLEMS CHANGE WITH AGE

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VISION PROBLEMS CAN APPEAR AT ANY AGE

Even if you see no warning signs, a comprehensive eye exam with an independent eyecare professional can help you identify if you or your child needs vision correction.

WARNING SIGNS FOR ADULTS

  • Do you have to hold a book farther than normal from your face to see it?
  • Do you struggle with up-close tasks like sewing, drawing, or other intricate hobbies?
  • Do you get headaches or do your eyes become tired after focusing on an object up close?
  • Do you struggle to see what’s on your phone or device screen?
  • Do you need bright light (or more light than usual) when reading?

 

WHAT ABOUT KIDS?

According to the American Optometric Association, infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should receive additional eye exams at 3 years of age, and just before they enter kindergarten or the first grade at about age 5 or 6. A vision screening at school is not the same as an eye exam and may miss a vision problem. 

WARNING SIGNS FOR KIDS

  • Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
  • Losing his or her place while reading or using a finger to guide the eyes when reading
  • Squinting or tilting the head to see better
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Sensitivity to light and/or excessive tearing
  • Closing one eye to read, watch TV, or see better
  • Avoiding activities that require near vision, such as reading or homework
  • Avoiding activities that require distance vision, such as participating in sports or other recreational activities
  • Acting out or restlessness in the classroom

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