“Can we slow down my Child’s Short Sightedness?” asked a parent recently.
For parents being told their child ‘needs glasses’ the natural reaction is guilt. How did I not know? Should I have found out sooner? Why didn’t the school notice? Why didn’t my child realise?
It is completely normal to feel this way. The fact is there are some subtle signs to look out for, but if you don’t know them, you probably will miss them. Here is our helpful guide –
1) Your child holds devices close to the face, or sits too close to the TV screens. They might be tilting their heads also. These are all signs your child might need glasses. People who suffer from Myopia (short-sightedness) will bring things nearer to make objects bigger. Sitting further away causes them problems.
2) Tilting their head or covering one eye. One of the most common eye disorders in children is known as amblyopia (Commonly referred to as lazy eye) or that your child’s eyes are misaligned. By tilting their head or covering an eye, they are trying to increase clarity.
3) Squinting. Your child could have a refractive error which effects how well the eyes focus on an image. By squinting, your child is able to temporarily improve the focus and clarity.
4) Complaining of headaches or eye pain. If your child is complaining of any of these symptoms, please book an eye test quickly.
5) Having difficulty concentrating on school work. In a typical classroom, your child will be altering from looking at a white board to looking at a book in front of them. Their eyes are visually focusing at differing distances quite quickly. This adaption from one to another can cause problems, and effect tiredness and concentration levels.
6) Rubbing Eyes Excessively. This is a sign for many problems with the eye. From fatigue or eye strain or other conditions.
If you do have any questions, contact us. We’ll always aim to help. Remember, child’s eye sight tests are free under the NHS.