At 39DollarGlasses, we know the importance of seeing clearly, especially for children. Reading, writing, learning, and playing are all acts that can be hindered when a child has poor vision. Parents often wonder – how do you know when your child needs glasses?
Facts About First Exams:
- According to the American Optometric Association, infants should receive their first comprehensive vision assessment at 6 months old.
- An additional eye exam should be completed at three years old.
- Children should have their eyes examined once more just before they start kindergarten.
*Please Note: If your doctor requests seeing your child again in a smaller interval than what is listed above then please listen to your doctor and make an appointment.
Signs Your Child Needs Glasses:
- Rubbing their eyes – If you notice your child excessively rubbing their eyes it could be an indication of eyestrain.
- Sitting closely to the television – This is typically a sign of nearsightedness. Nearsightedness (Myopia) – Nearsightedness, or myopia, as it is medically termed, is a vision condition in which close objects are seen clearly, but objects farther away appear blurred.
Source – American Optometric Association
- Squinting – Squinting may indicate a lazy eye and should be examined by an optometrist. Children who squint may be nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism.
- Losing place while reading – If a child is skipping lines, losing their place, dislikes reading or has a lower attention span for reading it may be due to eyestrain.
- Closing or covering one eye while reading or watching television – If a child is having difficulty seeing then they may cover or close their eye to help adjust their vision.
Additional possible signs:
- While it would not necessary indicate nearsightedness or farsightedness, a child tilting their head could mean they need glasses.
- If a child gets tired easily – could be a result of eyestrain.