How Can I Know if My Child Needs Glasses by Monica Bratton, MD

September 9, 2018

Your child’s health is one of your top priorities. However, children aren’t always able to clearly communicate or realize when something is amiss. This is especially true when it comes to their eyesight.

A person’s vision has a major impact on countless aspects of their daily life. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the common childhood symptoms of poor eyesight, so you can address it early on. Below we’ve outlined some of the telltale signs your child needs glasses.

Squinting

This is one sign that your child may be struggling with poor eyesight. If you notice them squinting to look at something far away, it may be because they’re trying to compensate for their inability to see something clearly at a distance. When objects far away are blurry, it may indicate myopia, or nearsightedness.

Frequent Headaches

If your child is experiencing frequent headaches, it may be linked to their eyes. Eye strain or asthenopia can occur when a child is struggling to see clearly. As they exert extra effort to bring things into focus, the resulting tension can lead to headaches or even nausea. An eye exam can help determine whether it’s time for corrective lenses. Of course, it’s always a good idea to see your pediatrician as well to rule out other systemic problems that can cause headaches.

Head Tilting

A child may tilt their head when they have uncorrected astigmatism. Astigmatism refers to the curvature of the front of the eye, which is called the cornea. Other causes of head tilting include eye muscle misalignment, also known as strabismus, and ptosis, the condition in which the upper eyelid droops into a person’s line of vision. To make it easier to see certain objects, your child may tilt his or her head.

Schedule Your Child’s First Eye Exam

Not being able to see clearly can be frustrating. If you notice your child experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be because of hidden vision problems. To be sure, the best thing you can do is schedule an eye exam. A pediatric ophthalmologist can determine whether your child needs prescription glasses. To ensure your child’s eyes are healthy and that they’re seeing clearly, schedule an appointment at Marietta Eye Clinic today.

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