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Does My Child Need Glasses?

Does My Child Need Glasses?

We as parents try to do everything that helps our children excel - we provide them the best care that is known to us; we support them in whatever way we can; and we promise to have their back when things go bad. In this pursuit, we may overlook a few basic things our children may not be able to communicate very well.

Our children's health and well-being is our top priority and yet there are times we may overlook something basic because young children may not be able to communicate if there is something wrong - especially with their eyesight. A good eyesight helps children learn, build relationships, participate in activities, and engage with the world in general. It helps to keep an eye (pun intended!) on any tell-tale signs of poor sight or common issues like astigmatism - and get help sooner than later.

How to tell if the child needs glasses?

1. Squinting - If the child squints frequently to get a better view of objects, it might be a good idea to discuss an eye examination with a paed optometrist. It is one of the early signs that may indicate a need for help.

2. Covering one eye - Children may or may not have the words to express if something is wrong, but if they're covering one eye to take a look at things - it usually means they can see better with an eye closed.

3. Struggling to read or concentrate - If the child finds it hard to concentrate while reading/writing or struggles to comprehend, it might help to explore the possibility of the need for glasses.

4. Tilting the head - Children usually do it when they see double objects and it gets clearer when they adjust the angle of their head. This is another early sign.

5. Physical signs - Excessive tears, rubbing eyes, headache/nausea, or clumsiness can also indicate an underlying issue with the eyesight.

Children's glasses available these days are sturdy, fashionable, and most importantly help with a clearer vision. It's best to seek professional help early in the day and work together with an expert with minimal delay.