Signs Your Child Needs Glasses

Signs you child needs glassesChildren may not be able to clearly articulate that they are having eye problems or trouble seeing. Paying attention to certain behaviors is the best way to determine whether or not your child is experiencing eye problems especially for those who cannot speak yet. Many children diagnosed with a refractive errors can experience:

  • Squinting 
  • Tilting head or covering one eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sitting too close to the television or holding hand-held devices too close to the eyes
  • Excessive eye rubbing 
  • Headaches from eye pain 
  • Difficulty concentrating on school work 

According to the American Optometric Association children in the United States receive eye examinations at 6 to 12 months of age between birth and 2 years. From 3 through 5 years old they are tested at least once. Before entering first grade (age 6) they are tested again and then continue with annual eye examinations until they reach 18. However, if you notice your child doing or complaining about any of the above symptoms, children's eyeglasses may be an easy solution.

Children’s Eye Exams for Glasses at Grange Vision

Our optometrists accept young patients as little as 3 years old. We’re experienced in making eye exams for children enjoyable and fun. Our comprehensive exam for accessing your child’s visual acuity will check for:

  • Strabismus (crossed eyes) and eye alignment 
  • Depth perception
  • Overall health inside & outside of the eye
  • Indications of serious eye conditions or diseases

Four common types of refractive errors in children include:

  • Myopia (near-sightedness): An overly curved cornea which causes light to focus in front of the retina. People with myopia can see things up close, but distant objects appear blurry. 
  • Hyperopia (far-sightedness): Nearby objects are blurry while distant vision remains clear. This is caused by an unusually short cornea that forces the light to settle at the back of the retina.
  • Astigmatism: Distorted near- and far-range vision resulting from an irregularly curved cornea, typically corrected with toric lenses.
  • Presbyopia: An age-related condition that makes focusing on close objects difficult. This is caused by the lens no longer being able to change shape enough to allow the eye to focus on close objects. 

Why children wear eyeglasses

  • Improve vision
  • Strengthening vision in weak or amblyopic (lazy) eye 
  • Improving the position of their eyes (crossed eyes or misaligned eyes)
  • Providing protection if they have poor vision in one eye 

Clear vision is crucial to the learning process of young children. If you suspect your child is experiencing vision problems it is important to schedule an appointment with a Grange Vision optometrist today.