Signs Your Child May Need Glasses
Imagine you’re a kid. You have no clue why people wear glasses. You have no clue that there are people who can see everything perfectly clear. All the while you are living in a fuzzy world, unable to read signs on the road or see the television clearly from the couch. You think this is normal. How could you tell your parents you can’t see clearly if you are unaware of the possibility of being able to see with 20/20 vision? This is why it’s up to the parents to be able to recognize the signs that their children may need glasses. Especially during early childhood development, a kid’s vision could change rapidly, so be on the lookout for changes and signs in your child’s behavior. In today’s blog, we’ve compiled a list of the most common signs that your child may need glasses. Keep reading to learn more.
If your child seems to walk around and not notice there are obstructions in their way, bumping into them, it could mean that they need corrective glasses. Oftentimes, people who need glasses have a hard time making out shapes around them. Objects can blend together and they could completely walk into or on top of something they don’t even notice. If you see your child constantly bumping into things or accidentally stepping on their toys even though they’re looking down, consider bringing your child in for an eye exam.
People who need glasses squint their eyes to see better. This works because people who have vision problems can’t see clearly because their eyes allow too much light to pass through them (passively, of course). So by squinting and closing the majority of the eyelid, less light passes through the eyes, making it easier to make out faraway shapes, objects, even words. Try this yourself with the “pinhole effect” — if you’re near-sighted, create a tiny circle with your pointer finger and thumb and look through it — you’ll be able to read far away text without your glasses! However, squinting too much too often can lead to a mountain of headaches and although you may see better, it’s not as clear as you could be seeing. If you notice your child squinting to see or read better, take them in for an eye exam.
3. Sitting Close to the Television
Your child could be nearsighted if you see them sitting too close to the television. They may have realized on their own that they can see the picture better if they sit closer. Your child may have no idea that this is the reason why they’re doing this, so play it safe and take them in for an eye exam. You’ll be able to prevent the consequences of sitting too close to the TV for too long, such as eye strain and headaches, and potentially long-term health problems.
4. Holding Books or Electronics Close to the Face
Similarly to sitting close to the television, if your child often holds books or handheld electronics close to their face to see them better, they may be far-sighted. Trying to read or play a game with the device so close to the face can be frustrating and cause headaches. Take your child in for an eye exam to see if they need glasses to take some stress out of their school and entertainment time.
5. Headaches and/or Eye Pain
Straining your eyes causes strain in your brain, a.k.a. headaches. If your child complains of headaches or eye pain, they could need glasses. Not being able to see something clearly but still trying your hardest to read it puts too much strain on the eyes. If you yourself wear glasses or contacts, you’ll understand the feeling of a headache coming on after you try reading something without your corrective vision wear. Take your kiddo in for an eye exam if they tell you their head or eyes ache, especially if it’s during or after reading, to see if they need glasses.
6. Difficulty in School
It can be pretty hard for your child to keep up in school when they can’t see anything the teacher writes on the board or read the paper right in front of them. Imagine being your child in this scenario. Wouldn’t you want to be able to see better so you could focus on actually learning your schoolwork instead of focusing on trying to make out blurry shapes? Talk with your school and your kid’s teacher to discuss if they’ve noticed your child showing signs of not being able to see clearly. Have them take actions such as moving your child closer to the whiteboard and see if that’s helpful. Then, schedule them for an eye exam to see if glasses could be the answer to falling behind in school.
Schedule An Eye Exam
It’s not always easy to tell if your child needs glasses. But if you look out for these signs, you could be able to help your child see better. Also, keep in mind that children’s vision can change on a dime. Keep track of their behavior to try and figure out if their vision has changed for better or worse. Even if they wear glasses now, their prescription can change and it’s possible that they could even go from being far-sighted one year to near-sighted the next. Be sure to also bring them back every six months to a year to ensure their prescription is still accurate. Recognizing the signs that your child needs glasses and scheduling an eye exam for them will not only make their day-to-day life a whole lot easier but will help to prevent long-term health issues.
Eye Exams and Prescription Glasses in Rochester
If you live in or around the Rochester, New York area, bring your kiddo in for an eye exam at Rochester Optical to determine if they need glasses. We even design and manufacture our own glasses right here in the USA at our lab. Contact Rochester Optical today or request an appointment online to set up an eye exam for your child.