As parents, we like to think that we’re in sync with our children’s health and well being and can quite easily pick up when they’re not well or in pain. This is, of course, a natural feeling and is part of what makes us capable care givers.
However, some ailments are harder to detect than others.
This can quite often be the case when it comes to recognizing the signs that could mean your kids need glasses.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the more common behaviors exhibited by children who suffer from eye-related conditions and what they could mean.
If you’re concerned about your child’s eye health, it is always a good idea to book an eye exam to see whether or not your child could benefit from glasses or any other kind of correction or treatment.
Let’s take look at some of the most common behaviors to look out for.
Squinting is probably the most common sign that your child needs a trip to the eye doctor.
Squinting can mean several things, including that your child is trying to see more clearly or reacting to bright light exposure.
Squinting reduces the amount of light that enters the eye and can temporarily make it easier to focus on objects both near and far.
This could be a symptom of blurry vision, light-sensitive eyes or near or short-sightedness and glasses may well be needed.
Headaches and tired eyes can often be a symptom of prolonged squinting throughout the day and should be investigated further with appointments made at appropriate eye healthcare providers.
2. Using One Eye To See Better
When a child (or anyone, for that matter) starts to use one eye to improve their vision, it could be down to a number of complaints.
One of their eyes could be blurry or out of alignment, meaning trying to see through it becomes detrimental to their overall vision or in some cases astigmatism.
In other cases it could also indicate amblyopia, which is a vision development disorder where the nerve pathway from one eye to the brain doesn’t develop during the early stages of childhood.
This can often lead to children blocking the affected eye in an effort to remove its distortion of their vision.
Double vision can also cause children and adults to obstruct an eye in order to temporarily improve their sight.
3. Finger Following
Another behavior to look out for when judging the health of your children’s eyes is whether they use a finger to keep their place while reading.
This may sound like a common thing for children to do when they learn to read, and it could, in some cases, also be a symptom of amblyopia.
Amblyopic eyes can cause symptoms whereby letters and words appear to bunch together, making them extremely difficult to make out or understand.
This behavior could also be due to more serious conditions in one or both eyes such as problems with eyes muscles or astigmatism and thus the child uses their finger to keep their place while reading.
4. Watching Or Reading Distances
You may have noticed your child sitting extremely close to the television when they’re watching or holding books, smartphones and devices particularly close to their faces when they use them.
This could be a sign of nearsightedness and may indicate that your child has problems seeing at a distance, in which case consultation with an eye specialist is recommended.
Leaving vision problems uncorrected for long periods of time can often lead to their gradual worsening, making treatment and improvements less likely as these periods go on.
Glasses can often help those suffering from far or shortsightedness.
However, it is important to know to what extent a child suffers from a condition in order to best understand what kind of treatment will most improve their vision.
5. Headaches & Tired Eyes
Headaches and tired eyes, like some of the other additions to this list, can be the symptoms of several eye conditions and disorders.
Children that rub their eyes excessively and complain of soreness or itchiness could be suffering from eye fatigue due to a number of different reasons or causes.
Headaches and brow aches can sometimes be caused by uncorrected farsightedness in which the strain of prolonged attempts to correct their vision causes the child headaches and/or eye fatigue.
If you notice your child complaining of either of these two ailments more frequently than usual, it may be a good idea to book an appointment with an eye health specialist as there may be underlying causes to these recently developed systems.
If you’ve noticed any of these behaviors or symptoms have become increasingly common in your children, consult an eye doctor for the best course of action on diagnosis and, if necessary, treatment and correction options.
There are also various ways in which you can adjust your lifestyle habits in order to improve your overall eye health.
Simple diet switches and exercise regimes can help towards keeping and maintaining a healthy level of vision throughout your life and these can be easy and fun habits to teach your kids to get into.
Let us know in the comments if there are any other behaviors or symptoms parents should look out for when looking after their children’s eye health.
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