If your child has poor vision, they might not be able to notice it themselves. Children with trouble seeing can suffer from poor self-esteem and have trouble in school. As a parent, you should be on the look-out for any sign that your kids are having difficulties with their vision. Here are 4 signs that your child needs glasses.
Trouble Reading or Watching Television
Children with vision problems will have trouble reading or watching TV normally. If your child lowers their head while reading or wants to sit too close to the television, then they may be nearsighted. If they keep losing their place while they are reading, they may also have a vision problem, most likely, an eye muscle problem or astigmatism. Some companies, like All About Eyes, know that a child with bad eyesight might also cover one eye while they watch television or read. This child may be suffering double vision or is trying to block out the vision of the poorer eye.
If your child is often squinting when looking at objects or people, it may be a sign of poor eyesight. By squinting, they can reduce the size of a blurred object on the back of their retina, making it easier to see.
Children who have farsighted vision, may experience frequent headaches without corrective lenses. These headaches most often appear in the brow area or in the front of their forehead. The headaches are a result of trying to focus harder in order to clear their blurry vision.
Eye Rubbing and Tearing
If your child is rubbing their eyes a lot or you notice frequent tearing of their eyes, they may need glasses. Eye rubbing is a common sign of fatigue and can be related to quite a few different vision problems. Not all of the vision problems would require glasses. If you only notice eye rubbing, the problem could also be allergies. Either way, it’s a good idea to check in with a doctor. Excessive tearing is caused by dry eyes. If your child is having trouble seeing and not blinking frequently enough or not fully closing their eyes while sleeping, their eyes will produce extra tears to help compensate. This could be a sign of vision problems.
If you notice any of these signs, it is important to schedule an appointment at an optometrist for a full exam to determine if corrective lenses are needed. Your child will be thrilled to have clear vision again.