Before going to school, it is not usual to realize that there is a problem of childhood astigmatism (or any other refractive problem), since the child who has always poorly seen does not complain because he finds it familiar. Also, astigmatism in children does not usually show symptoms until the eyeball has not grown enough to offer refractive problems, which occurs around three or four years.
That is why it is essential to take the child to his first ophthalmological examination at age and thus rule out these and other problems or visual diseases. In the case of astigmatism in children, it is especially important to detect it early, since in many cases it occurs together with myopia or hyperopia, which makes the child’s vision quite bad and affects them adversely.
Signs and symptoms of Astigmatism
- Astigmatism in children usually manifests itself in the school stage, when the child begins to complain that he does not see the blackboard well or becomes fatigued when he has to work on his eyes for more or less prolonged periods.
- Also, it is difficult for him to follow the line of what he is reading; he winks or covers one of them to try to better focus on the objects he is looking at.
- He twists his head, gets too close to the paper or book he is reading, and tries to see it at different distances.
- Your eyes become red, itchy, or watery as a result of visual strain trying to focus. Double eyelid (ทำตา2ชั้น which is the term in Thai) might occur.
- He tires quickly when reading or watching television, and he often complains that his head hurts after studying, doing homework, or reading for a while. He looses interest in such activities that involve wide use of the eye.