Problems & Conditions
As more than 180 million Americans have some form of vision impairment – whether it is near- or far-sightedness, or both – teens need to be encouraged to tell parents about their vision problems and eye conditions, and they need to be informed about their options. Protecting teens' eye health begins with having a comprehensive eye exam, by recognizing the warning signs associated with eye conditions, and by acting on them with a visit to an eye care provider.
Uncorrected vision problems can impact teens' academic performance, athletic performance and even their safety, particularly when driving. In addition, some eye conditions are more easily treated and corrected in their initial stages, and when the patient is younger, instead of waiting until the condition becomes unmanageable.
Some vision problems have no warning signs, and if left untreated, can cause permanent vision loss, while others have warning signs such as sudden eye pain, changes in vision or difficulty with night vision. Some warning signs may be felt by the teenager himself or herself, while others may be noticed by a parent, guardian or teacher. Scheduling them an annual eye exam with an eye care provider is key for detecting these problems when they begin. Below are some warning signs of potential vision problems in adults and children:
Teen Vision Problems – Warning Signs
- Double vision
- Difficulty reading and performing up-close work, such as sewing
- Changes in the way you see colors
- Impaired night vision, especially while driving and encountering oncoming headlights
- Frequent eyeglass prescription changes
- Experiencing problems with glare from lights or the sun
- Halos appearing around lights
- A white or cloudy spot in the black pupil – the eye’s lens
- Trouble seeing things to your side