Problems & Conditions

Problems & Conditions

Because they do not realize that a problem exists, millions of Americans, including teens, have uncorrected vision conditions. Some vision problems have no warning signs, and if left untreated, can cause permanent vision loss. There often are warning signs associated with vision problems, however. Teenagers should know that these warning signs, such as sudden eye pain, changes in vision, or difficulty with night vision, should never be ignored.  Some warning signs may be felt by the teenager himself or herself, while others may be noticed by a parent, guardian or teacher:

Teen Vision Problems – Warning Signs

  1. Double vision
  2. Difficulty reading and performing up-close work, such as sewing
  3. Changes in the way you see colors
  4. Impaired night vision, especially while driving and encountering oncoming headlights
  5. Frequent eyeglass prescription changes
  6. Experiencing problems with glare from lights or the sun
  7. Halos appearing around lights
  8. A white or cloudy spot in the black pupil – the eye’s lens
  9. Trouble seeing things to your side

Teen Vision Problems – Warning Signs Adults May Determine

  1. Squinting, closing or covering one eye
  2. Constantly holding materials close to the face
  3. Tilting the head to one side
  4. Rubbing eyes repeatedly
  5. One or both eyes turn in or out
  6. Redness or tearing in eyes
  7. Premature birth
  8. Developmental delays
  9. Family history of lazy eye or “thick glasses”
  10. A disease that affects the whole body (such as diabetes, sickle cell or HIV)