Does Your Child Need Glasses?
Before you say no, let’s look at the statistics. 1 in 4 children need glasses and 60% of learning disabilities have been associated with vision problems. Children often don’t realize that something looks blurry or fuzzy or don’t have the words to express the trouble they are having. Performing an eye exam beginning at age one and then annually after that is the best way to diagnose and treat eye sight issues before they become worse or lead to other problems such as poor performance in school. Eye exams make a huge difference in ensuring 20/20 vision in your child but they also help to ensure the health of your child’s eye. Some medical conditions effecting the eye are often found in young children and should be assessed and treated by a professional. Conditions such as diabetes are frequently accompanied by vision impairment and should be monitored closely to prevent further deterioration. Some signs of vision problems in children include a short attention span, frequent headaches, sitting closer than necessary to the television, rubbing their eyes, eyes not looking in the same direction (lazy eye), or difficultly reading. If your child exhibits any combination of these symptoms they should be evaluated quickly to correct the issue and keep it from getting worse. Many schools no longer offer a yearly vision screening and those that do are not always equipped to properly determine the acuity of your child’s sight. Adding eye exams to your child’s physical assessment should be done in preparation for any sport or activities as vision is imperative to hand eye coordination necessary for these types of endeavors. There are special glasses made for sports that are resilient, protective, and still stylish. Most children who need glasses are apt to wear them as it assists with the games they want to participate and excel in. Parents who don’t require corrective lenses may expect their children to have perfect eye sight as well but, while genetics can play a part in vision issues, this is not always the case. Our eyes and our vision direct all of our actions. Please ensure that your child has their best chance for success in life by having their eyes checked early and often.