For most kids, summer means a break from school and days that are filled with playtime, camp, and other adventures. Between checking to make sure that your child has evenly applied sunscreen and is staying hydrated, summer is also a key time to watch for signs that your child may need glasses.
The Vision Council shares that “24 percent of parents wait for their children to have symptoms before taking them to an eye care provider, which can be problematic because kids don’t understand what ‘normal’ vision entails.”
So, what symptoms should you be on the watch for this summer? We’ve compiled a list below.
TOP WAYS TO TELL YOUR CHILD MAY NEED GLASSES
If you notice your child squinting when sitting down to tackle summer reading or when she is up-to-bat during a baseball game, it is time to schedule an exam.
Closing One Eye
Like squinting, if you notice that your child often covers or closes one eye when concentrating on something like a sport, a screen, or a book, it may be time to see an eye doctor.
If your child has an increase in headaches, it could be a key indicator that it is time for an eye exam. While many things cause headaches in children, eliminating or identifying the need for glasses is an important step in supporting overall health.
Excessively Rubbing Eyes
If you notice your child constantly rubbing his eyes, it could be time for an eye exam. You will also want to rule out other potential causes, like allergies, but excessive eye rubbing that isn’t due to being tired can be a red flag. If you notice your child rubbing her eyes when concentrating on something, schedule an eye exam.
The key to eye health is early detection. A comprehensive exam will identify any issues and ensure that if your child is on the right path.
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