While you try to make sure your child always has everything they need, some things can sneak up on you without warning, such as when your child may need new glasses. Since it can take some time before vision problems become apparent, your child may start to exhibit some behaviors and physical symptoms that are unusual for them. Should you suspect your child may need new glasses, here are four signs your suspicions may be correct.
School Grades Decline
If your child has been one who regularly makes good grades in school and then starts to see their grades decline, it is possible the need for new glasses is the reason. This is especially true if your child sits in the back of a classroom, since they may have trouble concentrating on their school work.
Also, since so much of today’s school work is done on computers, your child may be requiring glasses that allow them to better focus on a computer screen, so keep this in mind as well.
When your child starts to squint almost all the time, it is a good idea to take them to an eye care center for an eye exam. When squinting occurs on a regular basis, it is usually an indicator of a refractive error, meaning their eyes cannot properly focus on an image. Since squinting can temporarily improve clarity and focus, they will resort to doing this as much as needed.
Complaining of Headaches
When young children come to you complaining of headaches and perhaps eye pain, it is almost certain they are in need of new glasses. Should headaches and eye pain start to become a problem, this means your child is overexerting their eyes in an attempt to compensate for their blurred vision.
Excessive Rubbing of Eyes
For many children, the need for new glasses is characterized by excessively rubbing their eyes day after day. As for why they are doing this, the cause is usually eye strain or eye fatigue. However, rubbing of the eyes can also be a sign of allergic conjunctivitis, so it is always a good idea to have your child’s eyes examined by an eye doctor as soon as possible to determine the underlying problem.
As soon as your child starts to exhibit signs new glasses may be imminent, don’t procrastinate. Rather than let their grades decline or have them dealing with headaches and other problems, have their eyes examined by an optometrist to get the problem corrected.