As an adult, it’s usually easy to tell if your vision is bad enough to require glasses. However, it’s sometimes harder for a child to voice their vision problems.
So here are some things to look for to help you decide if your child needs glasses.
If you notice your child squinting a lot when reading, doing homework, or even watching television, this could be a sign that they need glasses. Narrowing your eyelids is much like looking through a pinhole.
Looking through a small opening reduces the size of the blurred image on the back of the retina, making it easier to see temporarily. If your child is squinting a lot, it’s likely they’re trying to clear up their vision so they can see.
Sitting too close to the television
Bringing any image closer to your face makes the image larger, making it easier to see. Perhaps the best way to tell if your child is nearsighted is if they sit too close to the television.
Sitting too close to the television can be extremely damaging to the eyes, so if this is happening frequently, it’s important to get your child in to see a doctor according to Londonderry Eye Care, Edmonton optometrists.
Frequent rubbing of the eyes can point towards eye fatigue, which can be indicative of a number of problems. Constant squinting due to nearsightedness can be a reason for this eye fatigue.
This can also mean that your child is just tired, but if you notice them doing this along with many of the other signs, it could mean that they’re struggling with their vision.
Uncorrected farsighted children can often have frontal headaches or brow arches, but nearsighted children can suffer from frequent headaches as well. Constantly trying to correct poor vision can lead to frequent headaches.
Squinting frequently or sitting too close to the television specifically can lead to frequent headaches. Frequent headaches may be indicative of another problem, but if they happen combined with the other problems listed, your child may need glasses.
Detecting any type of problem in your child can be difficult. It’s often hard for children to voice their problems. Instead, you need to rely on subtle hints. These hints can help you decide if your child needs glasses.
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