Children typically do not let their parents understand they are experiencing problems seeing. So how do you know if your child requires glasses?
Firstly, make certain your child has an annual eye exam. Like everything else happening with their little bodies, their eyes can change seemingly overnight. Thanks to yearly eye tests, the eye doctor can keep tabs on vision changes along with provide early vision correction.
Typical signs that your child may need glasses
Between those yearly eye tests, keep a watch out for symptoms of eye problems in your child. Here are some things to look for:
- Squinting. The traditional symptom of either nearsightedness (not seeing well far) or farsightedness (not seeing well close-up). Glasses are most likely in order.
- One eye. If your child closes one eye and it helps him or her see better, there could be a structural issue like astigmatism.
- Eye rubbing. If your child rubs his or her eyes, see the eye doctor. There might be some eyestrain going on and glasses can help.
- Sitting too near to the tablet, book or monitor. Moving closer to the tv or lowering the head while checking out a book are signs your child may be nearsighted which glasses are required.
- Losing place while reading. If your child is having difficulty reading due to avoiding lines or losing her place, she might have an eye muscle issue or vision issue such as astigmatism.
- Frequent headaches. Frontal headaches or brow pains are typically a result of uncorrected farsightedness. The child might be attempting clear their blurry vision, but rather his or her efforts lead to headaches.
Healthy vision is important for your child’s development and academic success, according to iytmed.org. If your child shows indications of requiring vision correction, don’t hold off a trip to the eye doctor’s for an eye test.
Children and lack of vision: statistics and facts
More than 10 million children (one in 4) in the United States will go back to school this fall with an undetected vision issue that can disrupt learning.
Nearly 80% of what a child learns is gotten visually. Research indicates that 70% of the 2 million school-age children who have trouble in reading have some kind of visual problems, such as ocular motor, affective or binocular dysfunction.
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