Frequent headaches, straining the eyes to see from afar and asking to sit next to the board to see better can be some of the signs of vision problems in children and adolescents. According to the ophthalmopediatrician Diana Danda, parents and teachers should be careful, because of the earlier diagnosis, the greater the possibility of correction or treatment.
In Brazil, there are 12.8 million children between five and 15 years old with visual impairment due to uncorrected refractive errors, according to a survey by the Ministry of Health.
According to the Brazilian Council of Ophthalmology (CBO), unrectified refractive errors such as nearsightedness, astigmatism and farsightedness are the main causes of visual impairment in boys and girls. In addition, other disorders such as congenital cataracts and glaucoma can seriously compromise the vision of the little ones, if left untreated.