You may, as an adult, recognize when you might be having vision troubles, but a child could never know that as he thinks that everything that he is experiencing is the normal thing including a blurred vision. Here comes your turn, super mom, to observe your child’s behavior to be able to catch any sign of vision problems. An early discovery is very important, so let’s go through 10 remarkable behaviors announcing that your child needs glasses:
- Glancing – The most popular sign of vision troubles is glancing. Anyone who has trouble seeing will glance to try to focus better. If you notice that your child glances a lot take him to see an ophthalmologist.
- Rubbing eyes – Another super obvious sign to watch for is increased eye rubbing. Most children will rub their eyes when they experience fatigue, but if this begins to happen frequently, then it could be an indication of a bigger problem. Two potential reasons a child may repeatedly rub his eyes are a subconscious reaction to blurry vision or allergies.
- Leaning head – Supermom, is your child leaning his head a lot in order to see well? This could be caused by a muscle imbalance in their eyes that can be corrected with eyeglasses.
- Headaches or dizziness – Vision problems can cause headaches and dizziness. If your child complains of frequent headaches in the forehead area or is cranky after reading or watching TV, he may need to see an eye doctor.
- Sits close to TV – Does your child frequently insist on sitting in front of the television? This could be a sign of myopia that can be easily corrected with eye glasses. Myopia is identified when there is a problem with seeing things in a distance, so kids will sit closer to see well.
- Closing one eye – If you’re child covers one of his eyes frequently while watching TV then he might be suffering from vision trouble. Taking him to an eye doctor will spare him a lot of pain.
- Holds books close – Most children should be able to read books at a comfortable distance, so holding books up to their face is a sign they may need eyeglasses. If your child is a bookworm with her nose continually in a book, she may need a visit to the eye doctor.
- Problems in school – Quite often children who are having problems in school are facing these issues because of undiagnosed eye trouble. If they’re having trouble seeing the blackboard or reading they can become disinterested or even disruptive. Be sure to have your child’s vision checked if he is suddenly having trouble with school.
- Lazy eye – When kids have a weakness in one eye it will show up when they’re tired. A droopy eyelid or one eye drifting out of alignment is a sign of a lazy eye that can often be corrected with eyeglasses.
- Finger reading – Some kids will use a finger to follow the words when they read. This isn’t a clear sign they need glasses, but if it persists, there could be a problem. They may need the finger to keep their place when reading if they have astigmatism or amblyopia.
Most of the vision complications are genetic; mainly if one of the parents need glasses then his kids are more probable to wear glasses as well. Don’t go blaming yourself, my dear supermom, if your child was diagnosed with an eye problem. You had absolutely nothing to do with it, you could have offered him carrots at every meal and still he would have to wear glasses some day because most of the vision troubles are hereditary.
Routine vision screenings at school don’t always detect uncommon eye problems, so a visit to the optometrist may be necessary. It might not be amusing to wear glasses, but not being able to see is much more annoying than a pair of spectacles. Watch for these signs to make sure your child doesn’t have a vision problem that’s left uncorrected.