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How to Tell if Your Child Needs Glasses

Young children generally don’t let their parents know they are experiencing problems seeing. So how do you know if your child needs eyeglasses? First and foremost, make sure your child has a yearly eye exam. Like everything else going on with their little bodies, their eyes can change seemingly overnight. Thanks to annual eye exams, the eye doctor can keep tabs on vision changes as well as provide early vision correction.

In between those yearly eye exams, keep a look out for symptoms of eye problems in your child. Here are some things to watch for:

  • Squinting. The classic symptom of either nearsightedness (not seeing well far away) or farsightedness (not seeing well close-up). Glasses are probably in order.
  • One eye. If your child closes one eye and it helps him or her see better, there could be a structural problem like astigmatism.
  • Eye rubbing. If your child rubs his or her eyes, see the eye doctor. There may be some eyestrain going on and glasses can help.
  • Sitting too close to the television. Moving closer to the television or lowering the head while reading a book are signs your child may be nearsighted and that glasses are needed.
  • Losing place while reading. If your child is having trouble reading due to skipping lines or losing her place, she may have an eye muscle problem or vision problem such as astigmatism.
  • Frequent headaches. Frontal headaches or brow aches are often a result of uncorrected farsightedness. The child may be attempting clear their blurry vision, but instead his or her efforts result in headaches.

Healthy vision is essential for your child’s development and academic success. If your child shows telltale signs of needing vision correction, don’t postpone a trip to the eye doctor’s for an eye exam. Book an appointment today!