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Headaches in Children

 

Headaches in children can be caused by issues with eye teaming, poor focusing skills or other visual stress. 

 
Did You Know?
- 1 in 5 children suffer from an undetected vision problem. Vision is the key sense in many aspects of life, particularly school learning. 
 
Did You Know?
- 80% of all classroom learning is visual, if your child is struggling with a functional vision problem they may also be struggling with their classroom learning. 
 
However, while reduced learning is a good indicator of a visual issue this is not the case in all situations. Below are some other common symptoms.
- Headaches
- Sore eyes
- Frequent blinking or rubbing of the eyes
- Head turn
- Discomfort during near work or near to far copying
- Fatigue 
- Poor handwriting
 
A child often cannot tell you that they are visually uncomfortable, yet they are familiar with the term headache. Therefore, headaches are often one of the key presenting symptoms for children and adults with functional vision problems. However, there are other presenting symptoms.
 
Still the question remains, why is my child getting headaches? 
- Some people, while focussing on visually demanding tasks such as reading, copying from the board at school or using computers for prolonged periods, are unconsciously clenching the muscles of their eyelids, face, temples, and jaws and consequently develop discomfort or pain from those muscles, this is referred to as a headache. Because they are struggling to focus and team their eyes, they begin to tense these muscle, in turn causing headaches.  
 
If your child is experiencing headaches try to take note of the time of day they occur, what activities they were involved in before and during the presentation of the headache and if anything relieves the headache. 
 
Then proceed to contact your local Behavioural Optometrist for a comprehensive functional vision assessment. 
 
Find out more about how we can help your child's headaches - call us on 3800 1988 or click here to contact us online!