Eyesight and education are tied closely together.  More than half of the time, your little ones use their eyes to take in all that knowledge learned in a single day.   Though when there are problems that arise with eyesight; learning and reading takes a steady hit.  In fact, most children do not even know they have a problem with their eyes and sometimes will keep hush about it until you see their low grades.  The good thing here is that most of these signs are easy to spot even if you are not an optometrist. 

Squinting: Squinting is one of the most common and detectable signs of vision problems, as doing this changes the shape of the eye to help see something more clearly, but of course only temporarily.   Make note of this if it is frequent, if not, remember this is just a normal reaction to bright light or allergies.

Sitting too close to the television or holding handheld devices too close: These are two of the clearest signs of vision problems, as this would immediately correct any vision problem, this extends to any book they are reading too close as well.  From this, you can even speculate whether vision problems are either related to nearsightedness or farsightedness. 

Frequent eye rubbing: While most young children often rub their eyes right before bed or as a reaction to allergies, in terms of vision, more often than not it suggests eye strain and fatigue over the eyes working so hard to correct the vision.

Tilting and/or turning of the head or covering one eye: These signs are another means for vision compensation that is due to an imbalance between the eyes, such as one eye being more dominant than the other.  This imbalance can also lead the way to one of the most common childhood vision problems known as the “lazy eye”.

Headaches or eye pain: Headaches can be a symptom of many other issues, but when the pain is centralized to the muscles near the temples or behind the eyes, this is a solid indicator of vision problems.  The reason for this is because the muscles are being overworked in an attempt to correct blurry vision. 

Learning and reading can be difficult in school when eyesight is to blame.  So, as a new school year starts, it would be ideal to give your child the best opportunities to learn in school, so schedule an eye exam as soon as any of these signs appear.  The best way to help your child exceed in school is to help them see the way forward.