t your children’s checkups, you may have noticed that your pediatrician has recommended an eye examination for your children. While it may not seem like your child has any vision problems, it can be hard to detect without an eye exam. Children likely won’t tell you if they have a hard time seeing when they are younger, because they may not realize it is a problem. However, vision impairment can have an impact on your child’s performance in school. Having a vision test done is a simple way to make sure your child’s vision is where it should be.
Toddler EyesightIf your child does need glasses, you may be concerned that your child will be resistant to wearing glasses. Thankfully, there are many different styles and colors of children’s glasses that can make wearing glasses a fun way to add some style to your look. In fact, don’t be surprised if your child is actually excited to get a new pair of glasses!
However, reading an eye chart may not always be an option for some children. For example, it may be difficult for a toddler to cooperate long enough to read a chart, or he or she may not have the verbal abilities to tell you what they see on the chart. Because of this, it is a good idea to make sure that they aren’t showing signs that they need glasses. For example, a child that squints a lot or examines objects more closely than others may have a vision problem. Another sign could be that your child is rubbing their eyes more often than usual, even when they are not tired. A child with headaches could also be experiencing problems with their vision, as the extra strain on the eyes can lead to headaches. If you notice that your child is clumsier than his or her peers, it could be that they have a hard time seeing. Of course, some children are simply clumsier than others, so this alone should not be seen as a reason to get your child’s eyes checked.
Toddler Vision Tests
If your child is too young to read a vision chart, then try a couple of different tests to see if a visit to an eye doctor is warranted. Try asking them to identify objects that are further away. For example, you could try setting one of their favorite toys at a distance, and then ask them where the toy is. If your child knows their colors, then perhaps you could ask what color some things in the distance are. Doing things like this can help determine whether or not your child may need eyeglasses. Of course, whenever you suspect an issue in your child’s eyesight, it is important to visit an eye doctor, just in case your tests are unable to determine whether or not your child has an eye problem.
Tips for Preventing Eye Problems
Of course, most vision problems in children are due to things like premature birth, family history, or eye injury. Because of this, preventing eye problems sometimes is not possible. However, there are sometimes several things you can do to help keep eye problems from developing or getting worse. For example, limiting screen time can help prevent your child’s eyes from getting worse. Unfortunately, many toddlers and young children today spend a great deal of time watching television, watching movies, playing on computers, and playing on their parents cell phones. Limiting this time to thirty minutes or less each day can help keep your children’s eyes healthy. Getting exercise is not only good for the body, but also for the eyes. Looking at different objects, near and far, can help prevent eye strain and vision problems.