Lately we've noticed our 6-year-old rubbing his eyes a lot. If I ask him why he's doing it, he seems sort of at a loss--occasionally he'll say they hurt, but mostly he doesn't seem to have an answer. I've noticed him doing this particularly when he's reading.
Last night, I read him a chapter of Harry Potter, and he just sat and listened. Afterwards, he read me a chapter of a book, and he kept stopping to rub his eyes. I asked him if he was having trouble seeing the words, and he would said no.
The other thing I noticed when he was reading aloud was that he frequently skips a line when reading in a body of text, or occasionally begins to re-read the line he just finished. A Google search turned up a lot of things about dyslexia related to line-skipping. I don't suspect dyslexia, because he was a precocious reader who is reading several grade levels ahead--is that a misperception on my part? Or is this line-skipping normal at his age, perhaps? I remember kids in school reading using a bookmark turned sideways, which they sort of slid down the page as they read, presumably to keep them for skipping/re-reading a line; is this just something some kids do?
I will likely take him to an optometrist, but I'm curious if anyone has any perspective in the meantime on either the eye-rubbing or the line-skipping. My vision has always been good, but my husband's vision is quite impaired, and has been corrected with glasses since he was in elementary school. No one in our family has any seasonal allergies, and he (my son) doesn't show any other signs of them, but that also crossed my mind.