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9 Warning Signs Your Child May Have a Vision Problem

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Ruchika Ranasinghe, MD of Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada has some great insights as to how vision affects learning. Our passion at Heartland Eye Consultants is to maximize people’s visual ability to optimize their performance in daily life. For children, daily life means learning in the classroom. Learning in the classroom means heavy use of the visual system. Take a look at this article by Dr. Ranasinghe to get a better idea of some of the warning signs of vision problems in children.

9 Signs your Child Might Be Visually Impaired

  • Sitting too close to the TV or holding books very close
  • Blinking repeatedly or squinting and closing one eye or the other
  • Tilting their head to one side in and effort to see better
  • Frequent eye rubbing during activities
  • Light sensitivity and/or frequent headaches
  • Losing their place while reading
  • Avoiding reading or close up work
  • Irritation while doing visual work
  • Poor hand-eye coordination

3 Things You Can Do To Support Your Child’s Eye Health

  • Get a comprehensive eye exam
  • Limit screen time
  • Protect his or her eyes from the sun

Lopez, Ana. “9 Warning Signs Your Child Has Vision Problems – Eyes and Vision.”Sharecare. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 June 2016.

If you think that your child might be suffering from a visual impairment please contact our office today!

Written by Dr. Holly Ternus

Dr. Holly Ternus is originally from Torrington, Wyoming, and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in biological sciences. She graduated with Honors from The New England College of Optometry and completed internships with Honors at South Boston Community Health Center with an emphasis in glaucoma and narrow-angle glaucoma, Togus Veterans Affairs Medical Center with an emphasis in ocular disease, Lifetime Eyecare in Houston fitting specialty contact lenses, and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

Dr. Ternus practiced with ophthalmology in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, specializing in ocular disease, dry eye disease, and emergency care. She then transitioned into primary care, fitting specialty contacts for keratoconus, post-RK, corneal ectasia, and irregular corneas.

Dr. Ternus is an active member of the Nebraska Optometric Association, American Optometry Association, and American Academy of Optometry. She received her fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry in 2018 and is a graduate of the Nebraska Optometric Association’s Leadership Institute. She also received her fellowship in the Scleral Lens Education Society and is the first in Nebraska to have completed this honor.

Outside of work, Dr. Ternus enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, snowboarding, skiing, water sports, watching Husker football, and everything that involves being outdoors.

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