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How Can You Really Tell If Your Child Needs Glasses?

Jaclyn Hughes

Everyone has been told by an adult to stop sitting so close to the television as a young child at one point or another; but can that be a telltale sign of a child in great need of eyeglasses? Experts are weighing in and saying yes, for certain if this is a habitual thing, your kiddo needs to be seen by a vision expert as soon as possible. In 2017, more children are wearing glasses than ever before. There are of course, many causes for this change, with staring at smartphone screens, and iPads being one cause; and the other being parents are much more prone to having their child’s eye checked now with insurance than in prior generations that would simply wait until they thought a vision challenge was present.

For many parents, it’s the school that gets involved, notifying the parent that their son or daughter is squinting, or having to sit closer to the board to see the daily lesson. If this doesn’t apply to you, and you really can’t tell if your child is experiencing a decrease in their vision, perhaps some of these expert tips can provide some answers:

* The child is suffering academically at school.
* They report headaches developing more often than usual.
* You witness them squinting, or covering one eye.
* They hold a phone, or device too close to their face to see.
* Frequently blinking, or rubbing their eyes.
* Having difficulty playing sports as they normally would; catching the ball and so on.

If these symptoms seem to be present, then it could be time to schedule your child an appointment with an optometrist. It’s quick, and painless, and could greatly improve the daily life of your child in school and at home.

A recent survey reported by Consumer Affairs advised that over half the parents in the United States skip a back to school eye exam for their children. This could of course, be due to cost, lack of vision insurance, and just not thinking that it’s necessary for their child. Most schools provide some form of annual hearing or vision testing protocol, which can be helpful, but ultimately as a parent you know your child best. If you begin noticing any of the aforementioned tips happening with your child, it’s time to have it checked out.

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