How to Tell if Your Child Needs Glasses
Anyone who needs glasses knows what a big difference it can make to be able to see clearly. For children, that difference is much less obvious; Blurry vision may be all they’ve ever known and they won’t know when to complain. It’s up to parents and caregivers to notice when a child might be in need of glasses.
An shocking number of children go without the glasses they need, or continue wearing an insufficient prescription. Most often, this either because no one notices they’re struggling to see, or someone notices but their family can’t afford vision care. For African-American and Mexican-American children, a significantly higher number are living with the wrong glasses than among their white classmates, and black children are far more likely to experience an eye-related emergency.
Correcting children’s vision isn’t just about helping them see more clearly. Children who have uncorrected vision problems are more likely to struggle in school, develop cognitive delays and experience delays in development of motor function. Without vision and motor function they’ll struggle to read and write, and fall further behind their classmates. Ultimately, some may end up in special education or remedial classes, with delays and conditions that could have been minimized or prevented if treated early.
Most schools host vision screening, but these tests focus on distance vision and may overlook eye health problems or difficulty with vision close up. Learning to notice signs of poor vision, like squinting and head tilting can help make a huge difference in your child’s life.