Children With Vision Loss – When To See A Doctor

Children with vision loss rarely let their parents know they are experiencing vision problems. Here are signs you need to look out for and why yearly eye exams are important.

SQUINTING

This is a physical sign of either farsightedness or nearsightedness

Your child may need glasses, make that appointment today.

ONE EYE CAN SEE BETTER

Your child can see better when one eye is closed. Go see your doctor as this may be astigmatism.

SITTING RIGHT IN FRONT OF TELEVISION

If your child can only watch television right up close to it, your child may be nearsighted and need glasses.

EYE RUBBING

Your child is constantly rubbing his eyes, it may be because of eyestrain and glasses are needed.

STRUGGLING TO READ

If your child is struggling to read because of losing his place or skipping lines, this may be astigmatism or an eye muscle problem. Your child may need glasses.

HEADACHES

Brow aches are mostly due to uncorrected farsightedness. Your child may be fighting the blurry vision but get a headache instead. Don’t let your child suffer and stress, get to a doctor.

HOW DO I GET MY CHILD TO LIKE WEARING GLASSES?

Children with vision loss usually don’t like wearing glasses as they feel its a punishment, “oh, they have to wear glasses”, some people are heard saying. This could make any child feel like an alien from another planet.

Tell your child that wearing glasses isn’t a bad thing and that it’s actually “cool” to wear them.

Let your child choose their own frame, they will feel super proud to wear the frames they chose.

Make your child feel special by saying “you get to wear glasses” instead of “you have to wear glasses” making them feel luckier.

For more information about children with vision loss and glasses, go here

https://www.action4.org.za/eye-doctors-wont-tell-you-these-5-secrets/

https://www.action4.org.za/learning-disabilities-adhd/