4 Signs That Your Child May Need Eyeglasses

Thursday, January 31, 2013
A few weeks ago Emma came home from school with horrible, debilitating headaches off-and-on for about 2 weeks. At first I thought it was an isolated incident. But when it continued to happen, I became suspicious of a larger problem. I immediately questioned what she was eating, but since I pack her lunch every day, I knew it was nothing in her food.

I decided to plot the headache days to see they followed some sort of pattern. Nothing. As I sat at my computer working away, it occurred to me that she may need eyeglasses. There was just no other logical explanation.

So, I immediately called our optometrist and made an appointment for Emma to have a complete exam.

Sometimes the signs that your child may need eyeglasses are subtle, and sometimes they are glaring. In either case, they are there. You just need to know where to look.

Here are 3 telltale signs that your child may need eyeglasses:

  • Frequent headaches - Most children do not suffer from frequent headaches. During a normal school day, children who have vision issues are likely to be straining their eyes for much of the day. This eye strain can lead to headaches, and they can be painful for little ones.
  • Lack of interest in homework and/or in reading - If children are having difficulty seeing clearly and correctly, it affects their desire to do schoolwork and to read. My daughter is an avid reader who lost interest in reading when she was having difficulty seeing the words on a printed page.
  • Frequent squinting or holding objects close to face to see them clearly - Squinting isn't normal for anyone much less for children. It's often the squinting that causes the headaches.
  • Clumsiness and poor depth perception - When children cannot see clearly, they misjudge distance and the space in front of them. They often miss steps on stairs or trip over items that are clearly in front of them.
After a trip to our eye car provider, we were informed that Emma would most definitely benefit from glasses.

She had a ton of fun trying on the many styles, but in the end she settled on this pair.

Her final fitting...like a glove!

Once she began wearing them, the headaches were gone and her desire to read was back!

Do you have a child who wears eyeglasses? If so, what were the telltale signs that he/she may have had a vision problem?

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