As a parent of a young child it can be difficult to tell if your child is having trouble seeing, especially if they are unable to speak and communicate their difficulties with you.
Also, as a young child they may not understand that they have poor vision and that it can be corrected. Many children are used to their vision always being poor and do not know how to distinguish the difference between good and poor vision.
It is very important for parents not to make the mistake of thinking there is no way to tell if their child needs eye glasses. As a parent these are a few signs you can look for to determine if your child needs eyeglasses:
- If your child gets headaches
- If you notice your child squints quite often
- If your child tilts their head or face when looking at someone or something
- If your child’s eyes cross
- If one of your child’s eyes turns down, turns up, turns out or turns in while the other remains straight
- If your child is having problems with developmental tasks such as walking
- If you notice your child closes one eye when they read
If you notice any of these signs in your child it is important to have an eye doctor examine your child’s eyes. An eye doctor can perform an eye exam on any age of child and determine if your child needs eyeglasses. Eye doctors even have a fun and interactive way to determine your child’s prescription if they do require eyeglasses.
Vision is an important part of a child’s development from an early age. Don’t leave your child’s sight unattended too. Make sure you take them to the eye doctor at the first sign of a struggle with their vision.
If your vision has been affected or if you require eye care visit Dr. Charles Breen, ophthalmologist, at 7370 Turfway Rd. 3rd Floor, St. Elizabeth Medical Office Building, Florence, KY 41042.
This article is provided as an information resource and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified ophthalmologist. In all cases, contact your ophthalmologist for advice on any matter referenced in this document before making any decisions.