How to Recognise Signs of Vision Problems in Children

As parents, ensuring the health and well-being of our children is paramount, and this includes their vision health.

Vision problems in children can have a significant impact on their learning, development, and overall quality of life.

At D.I. Blow Opticians, we recognise the importance of early detection and intervention for maintaining optimal vision in children. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the key signs to watch out for that may indicate a vision problem in your child.

1. Squinting or Eye Rubbing: If you notice your child frequently squinting or rubbing their eyes, it could be a sign of vision strain or fatigue. Squinting helps to temporarily improve focus by reducing the amount of light entering the eye.

Similarly, eye rubbing may indicate discomfort or irritation, often associated with conditions such as dry eye or allergies. Persistent squinting or eye rubbing warrants further evaluation by an optometrist to rule out underlying vision issues.

2. Sitting Close to the TV or Holding Books Close to the Face: Children with uncorrected vision problems may instinctively sit closer to the television or hold books and electronic devices close to their face to compensate for blurred vision. This behaviour can indicate short sightedness (myopia) or other refractive errors that affect distance vision.

If your child consistently exhibits this behaviour, it may be time to schedule an eye examination.

3. Complaints of Headaches or Eye Strain: Frequent complaints of headaches, eye strain, or fatigue, especially after reading or engaging in close-up tasks, can signal underlying vision problems.

Children may struggle to articulate their discomfort accurately, so it’s essential to pay attention to subtle cues and observe any changes in behaviour or mood associated with visual tasks.

4. Avoidance of Near or Distance Activities: Children with undetected vision problems may avoid activities that require clear vision, such as reading, drawing, or participating in sports. They may express reluctance or frustration when asked to engage in tasks that strain their visual abilities.

Observing your child’s participation in various activities can provide valuable insights into their visual comfort and confidence.

5. Poor Academic Performance: Vision plays a crucial role in learning, and undiagnosed vision problems can hinder a child’s academic progress. If your child demonstrates difficulties with reading comprehension, writing, or focusing on classroom tasks, it’s essential to consider the possibility of underlying vision issues.

Regular eye examinations can help identify and address vision problems early, allowing children to thrive academically.


With Easter half-term approaching, now is an excellent time to ensure your child’s eyes are in good health. Schedule an eye examination at D.I. Blow Opticians and give them the gift of clear vision and academic success.

Recognising the signs of vision problems in children is the first step towards ensuring their visual health and overall well-being.