You should make sure your child’s eyes are tested if:
- Your child has special needs – children with special needs often have eye problems.
- There is a history of squint or lazy eye in your child’s family.
- People in the family needed to wear glasses when they were young.
Signs to look out for:
- One eye turns in or out – this may be easier to spot when the child is tired
- They rub their eyes a lot (except when they are tired, this is normal)
- They have watery eyes
- They are clumsy or have poor hand and eye coordination
- Your child avoids reading, writing or drawing
- They screw up their eyes or frown when they read or watch TV
- They sit very close to the TV, or hold books or objects close to their face
- They have behaviour or concentration problems at school
- They don’t do as well as they should at school
- They complain about blurred or double vision or they have unexplained headaches