The school and visual defects in childhood

The first form of learning in children is that of observation and imitation of their environment. The eyes are the door to this new universe that is presented to them and they must be well prepared. Visual defects in childhood can hinder the child’s educational development and social integration.

There is no minimum age to visit the ophthalmologist, and it is recommended to have a first ophthalmologic examination as soon as symptoms such as conjunctivitis, a deviation of one or two eyes or tearing, among others, are observed. From the age of 3, which is when they start early childhood education, it is important that they begin to visit their trusted ophthalmologist.

What are the symptoms of visual defects in childhood?

The most frequent and easy to detect symptoms are eye deviation, tearing, irritation or constant squinting. But then there are other signs such as stumbling regularly, confusing colors or not being able to evaluate distances well (getting too close to the TV, not seeing the blackboard or books).

School classes are usually a good time to notice these symptoms, so it is important to be alert and to treat the dysfunction in advance. Teachers are often a good support in detecting anomalies.

It is important to achieve good visual health in order to ensure good cognitive development of the child.