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Possible Vision Problems? Behaviors Parents Should Watch

Annual eye exams are the best way to monitor a child’s eye health. But between visits, parents should monitor their child’s behavior, as subtle changes can indicate a vision problem that the child may not be able to express.

Bumps and Bruises
Most children enjoy playing in and out of the house, and for many, that can result an array of bumps and bruises. While parents need not be concerned about normal play, one sign of a vision problem is a child bumping into, or tripping over, items that most children can easily navigate.

Under the Weather
Common signs of vision problems include squinting and frequent headaches. This is sometimes observed by a child holding his head or rubbing his eyes frequently, nausea and vomiting. Children may not know these symptoms are connected to their eye sight, so parents should be aware that these can be an indicator of vision problems.

Close to Characters
TV time can help put children at ease and allow parents a few minutes of quiet time. However, if a child is sitting so close to the TV that the characters could jump out and touch them, it may be time for a visit to the eye doctor.

There are many signs that a child’s vision has changed, and a comprehensive eye exam can help determine the source of the symptoms. If a child needs glasses, it’s equally as important for parents to find a pair that will protect his eyes and that the child will want to wear. Parents should look for glasses with shatterproof lenses that guard against UV and are no-glare and scratch resistant. Style and comfort will also be important to the child, so parents should be sure to let their little ones have a say in what they’ll be wearing.