Maintaining proper eyesight is one of the most important health habits, one must inculcate from a very young age. However, most parents do not realize the importance of monitoring their Child’s Eye Health.
Communicating issues related to the eye is especially difficult for children. It is a parent’s responsibility to detect them at an early age so that it does not deteriorate.
A child’s visual system develops during the first 7-8 years of life. It is extremely important to detect their eye issues during this period and take necessary measures. If it is neglected or delayed, the issue may get worse as the child grows.
However, figuring out if your child has any issue with his/her vision can be pretty tricky. With little patience and a bit of awareness, you can do it. Here are a few telltale signs to detect if your child needs glasses or not.
1. Frequent headaches
If your child frequently complains about a headache especially while studying, it is a sign that he might be facing issues with focusing on objects or finding it hard to view things clearly. Your child may also feel nauseous due to the headaches.
It is one of the clearest signs to tell if your child requires glasses or not. Your child may squint to get a clearer picture of closer (farsightedness) or far away (nearsightedness) objects. Squinting will allow your child to focus on the objects clearly, giving a clear sign that it is time to use glasses.
3. Being closer to objects
Sitting closer to objects or inspecting things closely may also be another clear sign that your child may require glasses. Another way to confirm this is if your child lowers his/her head while studying or reading something, to get closer to the words on the page.
4. Trouble with reading
Reading might be a difficult task for children who have recently started learning, however, it could especially be challenging if he/she struggles to read. Your child may frequently lose track of the lines he/she is reading or may use a finger to point to the lines.
5. Covering one eye or tilting head
Your child may cover one eye or tilt head to align his/her vision for better clarity. This may be an indication that your child is suffering from Amblyopia, also known as Lazy Eye disorder. It is an eye disorder where the eye’s vision is misaligned. It is one of the most common disorders in children.
6. Excessively rubbing eyes
Rubbing eyes excessively indicates that your child may be experiencing eye fatigue or strain. It may also be a sign of allergic conjunctivitis or other vision problems.
7. Trouble with concentration
Lack of concentration may also be one of the indicators of visual problems your child may be facing. As a school going kid, your child must quickly adapt his/her focus on closer objects like notebooks to distant objects like a blackboard. When your child finds it hard to constantly shift focus or concentrate, it is a sign of visual problems.
8. Tearing of eyes
Excessive tearing of eyes is a medical condition where the eyelids do not close completely while sleeping. As a result, the eyes become dry and tear up the next day.
Your child may show any of the above 8 signs as he/she grows old. However, if these issues interfere with your child’s daily life and activities, it is a clear sign that you need to consult an Ophthalmologist or an Optometrist.
For most eyesight issues in children, corrective lenses or even eye drops may solve the issue. Did you notice any of the above signs in your child?
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