If you are the parent of a small child then you know that it can be hard sometimes for them to tell you exactly how they are feeling (in regards to their health anyway). Although they may be throwing a temper tantrum about a certain toy you didn’t want to buy them, they probably aren’t going to tell you that they are having trouble seeing the toys that are on the shelf at the toy store. With an estimated 10% of toddlers having vision problems, how can you tell if your little one needs some glasses? Let’s take a closer look.
They Hold Things Close To Their Face
When your child is looking at a book or playing with a toy do they hold it really close to their face to try to see it? Does it seem like your child is unable to see the pictures in a book if you hold it a little bit further away from them? Usually, this is a big indicator that your child needs glasses.
They Rub Their Eyes A Lot
When it’s getting close to bedtime or naptime, it’s normal for your child to start rubbing their eyes, but if you notice that your child is consistently rubbing their eyes throughout the day this could be a sign that they need glasses. When children have difficulty seeing, they rub their eyes to see if they will adjust.
They Have Poor Hand-Eye Coordination
Does your child have a hard time putting things together? Does it seem like they have a difficult time doing puzzles, kicking a ball, or building a tower out of blocks? If so, then this may also be a sign that they have poor vision and that they need glasses. When a child has bad vision, it makes tasks that require hand-eye coordination a lot more difficult to do.
These are just three signs that your child may have a vision problem and need glasses. If you are concerned about your toddler’s vision, schedule an eye exam for them today. Contact our Fitchburg office at (800) 676-5050.