How to Tell If Your Children Need Glasses

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It can be hard to tell when a child needs glasses. Growing up, kids with poor eyesight may not realize that what they see looks any different from what anyone else does. What are the signs that your child might need to take a trip to the eye doctor?

According to Dr. Danielle Wiese, a pediatrician with Indiana University Health, a child should start seeing a doctor if:

  1. They fail a vision screen at school, or at their annual checkup.
  2. You are worried that they are having trouble seeing or straining to see things. Often, young children will turn their head to the side and try to focus out of the corner of their eyes if they can’t see things.
  3. There is a strong history of family vision problems.
  4. They have persistent headaches.
  5. They are old enough to let you know that they cannot see the board at school.

If any of these conditions are met, you may need to take your child to the eye doctor.

When you take your child to the eye doctor, they will check to make sure that your child’s eyes are healthy, and will test their vision to see if they need get glasses, or other corrective eyewear. There is no better way to tell if your child needs glasses than annual vision check ups.

If your child does need corrective eyewear, your eye doctor can help outfit them find the best lenses possible. If your child is prescribed corrective eyewear, make sure you continue to take them each year to get their eyes checked to keep their glasses prescription accurate and up-to-date. Your eye doctor can also offer tips to help keep your child’s eyes healthy based on their particular vision issues.

If your child does require additional eye care beyond an optometrist, Riley IU Health can help.

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