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I don't know if you notice it, but more and more children are wearing glasses. Statistics show that the number of visually impaired children is increasing every day. And I wonder if cases and visual problems really increase or is there more awareness and concern on the part of parents to detect the problem and take their children to an ophthalmologist for a review. Studies indicate that approximately twenty percent of children need some kind of visual correction.
I have been wearing glasses since I was 11 years old. I remember that I sat in the fifth row of the classroom and could hardly see anything that my teacher and my classmates wrote on the blackboard. Not being able to see clearly, after about six months, I changed my chair and place, and gradually approached the blackboard, until I got to sit in the front row.
Because I had not detected my myopia before, I had difficulty understanding what the teacher was explaining, and that was reflected in the poor grades. In addition, I had headaches that did not pass even with painkillers ... The same thing happened to my nephew. And it was playing with him, to see things in the distance, that we realized that he needed to visit an eye doctor because he had great difficulty seeing from afar.
There are lots of cases like mine. As there are also problems of strabismus (ocular deviation) and amblyopia (lazy eye).
It is not that difficult to detect vision problems in children. Just observe them. A child who suffers from refractive disorders such as myopia, hyperopia or astigmatism, usually presents very obvious difficulties. Normally, he is very close to television, as well as the consoles, notebooks or books that he uses.
They may also have constant blinking, great distraction, and difficulty doing homework. There are even children who have persistent tearing, headaches, dizziness, and acquire some habits of grimacing and frowning frequently.
Specialists recommend eye examinations for children every year, mainly at the beginning of the academic year, even if they do not show symptoms of having any visual problems. If this type of pathology is not treated in time, it will end up leading the child to have other problems such as learning difficulties and school failure. The best, in all cases, is still prevention.
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