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4 Signs That Your Child May Need Glasses

As a parent, you do all you can to make sure that your child is happy and healthy. Part of this commitment is making sure that your child’s vision is as good as possible. Vision affects so much of a child’s life, so if you suspect that your child may have a problem with their vision, it’s important to have their eyes checked right away. To help diagnose your child, here are four signs that your child may need glasses.

Sitting Too Close To Screens

Most kids, if given a choice, will occasionally have screens too close to their faces, even if they don’t have a vision problem. However, if you notice an ongoing problem wherein your child is always sitting close to the television or holding your phone right to their face, then your child may be in need of glasses. Listen for verbal cues from your child, such as “I can’t see the picture,” to clue you in on whether your child is really struggling or whether they’re just being a kid.

Frequent Eye-Rubbing

Though it’s not the best habit, everyone rubs their eyes from time to time. However, frequent eye-rubbing, especially in a child, can indicate a vision problem. Children suffering from vision problems will often rub their eyes to try and focus their vision. Therefore, if you notice that your child is rubbing their eyes, even when they’re not tired, it may be time for a trip to the eye doctor.

Unexplained Headaches

A consistent inability to see objects clearly can result in headaches in your child. Therefore, if your child complains of headaches, it’s a good idea to have their vision tested. In many cases, headaches will be accompanied by eye pain, which is caused by the child straining their eyes to try and focus on specific objects. If your child has either symptom, though, it’s important to listen to them so they can get the help they need.

Frequent Squinting

For children with vision struggles, squinting is for more than protecting their eyes from bright lights. Squinting can help temporarily lessen the symptoms of refractive errors, which prevent the eye from properly focusing light on the retina. Squinting will typically occur when the child is doing detail work, such as making crafts or writing a letter, or when they’re focusing on small images on a small screen.

Even if it’s determined that your child needs glasses, it’s nothing to worry about. Although glasses used to have a significant stigma associated with them, today’s glasses allow your child to express their personality in a way that other kids can’t. Plus, when your child’s vision is corrected, it will open up a whole new world for them that they’ll be thrilled to be able to explore.

Tim Esterdahl

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