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How to Tell When a Child Needs Glasses

Look for signs of eye strain or attempts to correct poor vision
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Aug 12, 2022

It can sometimes be difficult to tell when a child needs glasses. After all, they may not recognize that they’re having difficulty seeing in order to tell you. Fortunately, there are some signs you can keep an eye out for that will let you know that it’s time to take your child to the eye doctor.

Sign #1

Your Child Is Squinting

 a girl in a swimming pool squinting to see

If you notice that your child is squinting, that’s a sign he or she may need glasses. Squinting can temporarily improve vision if they’re unable to focus clearly on a specific object. You may also want to talk to your child’s teacher to see if they’re also squinting to see the whiteboard at school.

Sign #2

Your Child Sits Too Close

a boy kneeling on the floor in front of the television set

If your child has a habit of sitting too close to things like the television set, it could be because they can’t see it well from farther away.

Sign #3

Your Child Holds Devices Too Close

a child looking at a smartphone that is held very close to their face

Holding a tablet, smartphone, or book too close to their face is another sign that a child isn’t able to see clearly. They’re compensating for the vision problems by decreasing the distance at which they’re trying to read or see.

Sign #4

Your Child Tilts Their Head

a girl tilting her head to the right

Tilting the head can change the angle at which your child is viewing something. This could help to temporarily improve how clearly they are seeing. If you notice that your child is doing this when looking at something, then it’s time to visit the eye doctor.

Sign #5

Your Child Covers One Eye

a girl wearing a school uniform covering up one eye with her hand

Covering one eye to see is another technique that a child may use if they have vision problems. Usually, a child may cover one eye if they have a lazy eye or their eyes are otherwise not aligned correctly.

Sign #6

Your Child Has Trouble Concentrating

a girl having difficulty concentrating on her homework

Difficulty concentrating on something like schoolwork can be a sign of something like ADHD but it could also just mean that your child can’t see very well.

Sign #7

Your Child Rubs Their Eyes Too Much

a boy rubbing his eyes due to eye staring

If your child is rubbing their eyes to an excessive degree, then that could be a sign of vision problems. Eye-rubbing usually indicates eye strain or eye fatigue. It’s also possible that it’s a sign of an eye condition like allergic conjunctivitis. Your eye doctor can determine the reason your child is rubbing their eyes after you make an appointment.

Sign #8

Your Child Complains of Headaches

a boy lying on a couch with one hand on his forehead because of a headache

There are many reasons a child could be getting headaches. If your child is complaining of headaches usually towards the end of the day and you notice other symptoms from this list, then it’s likely that the headaches are caused by eye strain.

Sign #9

Your Child Complains of Eye Pain

a girl putting her hands on her eyes due to eye pain

Another symptom of eye strain is pain in the eyes. If your child tells you that their eyes hurt, it’s likely that they have been straining their eyes trying to see more clearly.

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