Children often will not voice concern if they can’t see because, for many, this is how their vision has always been and they have nothing to compare it to. Here are some behaviors that suggest your child may need glasses.
- Avoiding near activities - If your child avoids near activities or has a short attention span with reading, coloring or games, this may be a sign that your child needs glasses. If your child’s focusing system is not working optimally, it will cause eye strain or blurry vision.
- Squinting - Does your child squint to read or watch TV? This may be a sign your child needs an eye exam and possibly glasses. When you squint you change the shape of the eye ever so slightly, which can improve clarity of vision.
- Poor hand-eye coordination - If your child struggles with hand-eye coordination, this may be due to needing a glasses prescription or due to your child’s eyes not working well together. It can also be attributed to poor depth perception. Your child’s eye care provider can check all of this at their annual eye exam.
- Poor reading comprehension - Although there may be multiple factors contributing to your child’s poor reading comprehension, if your child is not able to clearly see, they are unable to process the information effectively.
- Losing their place when reading - If your child struggles to follow the line across the page of a book, this may be a sign that their ocular motility system is not working optimally and can be addressed with glasses or vision therapy.
Comprehensive eye exams with your eye care provider are an extremely important way to help your child start the school year off right. If your child is able to see everything clearly, their learning and comprehension greatly increases.