When you have a child, you hope that things will come easy to them. That they’ll be able to make friends, that they’ll excel in school, and that their health will never become an issue.
So if you notice that things aren’t coming easy to your child, especially when it comes to school, it’s time to start taking a closer look at their behavior and trying to uncover if there’s a reason things don’t seem to be working. For many parents, the solution is that their child simply needs glasses to help them see better.
If you think this might be the case for you and your child, here are three signs to be on the lookout for that indicate that your child could need help with their vision.
Tilting Their Head To Focus On Things
Because your child is likely so used to the way they see the world, they might not realize that something’s wrong with their vision. That’s why it’s so important for you to know some of the common signs that their vision might not be what it should.
According to Lindsay Tigar, a contributor to SheKnows.com, one habit that many children have when their vision isn’t great is that they tilt their head to the side when trying to focus on something. Many times, one eye is stronger than the other. By tilting their head, their able to use this strong eye more and give the weaker eye a rest, which actually only serves to exacerbate their problems by weakening the weak eye and strengthening, or wearing out, the strong eye.
Bringing Items Too Close To Their Face
One issue that can affect anyone having problems with their vision, be it someone who’s rather old and is experiencing issues with aging or someone who’s very young and still trying to figure out their vision, is the need to bring items too close to their face in order to see them clearly.
According to Dr. Megan Elizabeth Collins, a contributor to HopkinsMedicine.org, this habit is more obvious with children when they either sit too close to the TV or hold a book or tablet right up close to their eyes. Additionally, if your child lowers their chin or head when trying to read something hand-held, that could also be a sign that their vision isn’t great at close distances.
Signs Of Eye Pain Or Issues
Some other tell-tale signs that your child might be having issues with their vision, according to Dr. Troy Bedinghaus, a contributor to Very Well Health, is anything that might signal to you or your child that they’re dealing with eye pain or comfort issues. This could include anything from rubbing their eyes to excessive watering and even headaches.
If you’ve noticed any of the above symptoms in your child, consider making an appointment for your child to get an eye exam in the near future.