How to Know If Your Child Might Need Glasses

If you notice your child sitting too close to the TV or having a hard time concentrating on schoolwork, this could be an indication of an undetected vision problem that may require glasses to correct. Because eye health is so important to your child’s overall health and success in daily learning and activities, it’s a good idea to know the signs of poor eyesight and schedule a comprehensive eye exam to determine if your child needs glasses.

Squinting or Covering One Eye

1. By squinting or covering an eye, your child may be trying to temporarily improve focus and clarity of an object. This could be a signal of a refractive error, meaning the shape of the eye does not bend light correctly, resulting in blurred vision.

Sitting Too Close to the TV or Hand-Held Devices

2. If your child holds objects too close to their face or sits too close to the television, this may indicate a sign of nearsightedness, as being closer to objects make it easier to concentrate on them.

Rubbing Eyes Excessively

3. Excessive rubbing of the eyes could signal that your child’s eyes are tired and strained from trying to focus on various objects throughout the day.

Frequent Headaches or Eye Pain

4. Farsightedness may cause eye strain as your child tries to focus their eyes on images close up, which can lead to a headache or temporary pain in the eye.

Difficulty Focusing on Schoolwork or Reading Comprehension

5. Due to astigmatism or another visual impairment, your child may experience a lack of concentration if they’re unable to focus on various visual points such as a chalkboard, textbook, computer or tablet.


6. Frequent tripping or bumping into objects could be a sign that your child has difficulty with depth perception, which means they could have an eyesight problem.

While it is important to have your child visit an optometrist to determine if they need glasses, other eye conditions like cataracts and glaucoma can also be detected during an eye exam. Having your child’s eyes cared for by a trusted optometrist is essential to their eye health and development as they grow and learn.

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