Is your little one squinting to read the classroom blackboard? Are you sure he or she has no vision problems? Improper vision is something that any child can suffer from. It takes seven to eight years for the eyesight to fully develop in a child. Long hours before the television, computer and mobile phone screens can seriously affect your child’s vision. So can genes, poor nutrition and health disorders. It is important for you to take your school-going child to a health care provider for regular checkups to understand eye health and recognize the first signs of deteriorating vision. Any delay in correcting vision problems can result in poor performance in class. Here are a few more reasons to know whether your child needs glasses.
How to Spot Vision Problems in Your Child
You may be surprised to know that poor vision is not the only reason for your child to wear glasses. There could be other factors too such as strengthening weak eye muscles, correcting lazy eye, misaligned eyes, astigmatism or providing protection to one eye when the other one has reduced vision. Below are some tips to learn to recognize signs that may lead to vision problems so you can book an appointment on time.
Commonly known as squinting, misaligned eyes could be a result of a refractive error in the eyes that can affect image focus. Your child may need to squint to look at the blackboard more clearly. If you find your child straining their eyes, frequently appearing cross-eyed, get them checked up.
Is your child covering one eye to focus better with the other? This may means that the other eye has poorer vision so focus is imbalanced. If one eyeball drifts without control, it can imply lazy eye or amblyopia which is a fairly common disorder among children. Lazy eye affects infants and is difficult to correct even with prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses at a later stage. If detected early and treated promptly, lazy eye can be corrected. If left unattended, it can lead to visual disability and even blindness in severe cases.
Unhealthy Reading Distance
If you find your child sitting too close to the television, holding a mobile phone to close to their eyes, or reading from too far, it’s time you took the matter seriously. They could be suffering from hyperopia (farsightedness) or myopia (nearsightedness).
Frequent eye irritation, eye infections such as allergic conjunctivitis, eye fatigue, blurry vision or strain may lead to deteriorating eyesight. If your child rubs his or her eyes frequently, please take consider vision checkup at the earliest.
Complaints of frequent headaches during or after school hours or while watching television suggests that the eyes are strained and focus is unclear. Consult an eye care provider at once for a comprehensive exam.
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Blink VisionCare has over 20 years of experience in the vision-care industry. We have an expert understanding of lenses and eyeglass fittings. Check out our wide variety of elegant, comfortable, contemporary eyewear for all ages and stages in life.
We have a colourful, playful range of eyeglass frames for kids that are flexible and tough to withstand an active life with specialized features to meet unique visual and facial needs. Our children’s eyewear is fitted with HOYA lenses that come with two years of unconditional warranty on scratches and coating defects, provided the frame and prescription remains the same. Visit our store for an eye exam and check out our collection for your child or any other family member.