A child’s vision is a key to his or her development and it is very crucial for parents to make sure that their child doesn’t have any difficulties with his or her eyes. Simple eye tests can easily identify vision problems even at a very young age. One of the probable suggestions to children with vision problems is corrective glasses.
Aside from the regular check-ups at the doctor’s office, you should also consider having your child’s vision tested even for once every year.
Between eye exams, it is also a good idea if you will be able to identify the signs of potential vision problems among you child to be able to prevent it to worsen. Among the common signs and symptoms of vision problems among children or those who simply needed glasses are:
- Rubbing of the eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty in focusing or following objects with their eyes
- Misalignment or abnormal movement of the eyes
- Red or teary eyes
- A white pupil
- Difficulty in seeing objects from afar
- Difficulty in reading
- Needing to sit very close to the television
Once you see this signs and symptoms in your kids, you should call your child’s doctor right away or better that you go directly to an eye specialist. Vision problems which are not treated right away may lead to serious eye problems. Also, vision problems among children may lead issues to learning and social adjustment.
Eye-care specialists often recommend the use of glasses when he sees refractive errors among the eyes of the patient. These refractive errors occur when the eyes does not bend light properly. The three common types of such are:
- Nearsightedness: difficulty in seeing things from a distance
- Farsightedness: difficulty in seeing things up close (often happen to adults)
- Astigmatism: abnormal curvature of the surface of the eye that causes blurred vision
For children who does not like wearing glasses, one way of convincing them to do so is to let them choose their own frames. As for infants and toddlers who already have vision problems, a plastic strap is usually attached to the glasses to avoid losing it. Also, it is better to give them frames which are very durable enough for an active child.
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