Remember how we squint when we don’t see things clearly? Kids do that, too, especially when they have blurry vision. Experts explain that squinting improves focus and clarity, but only temporarily.
Squinting may indicate a refractive error, a condition wherein the light cannot focus on the retina because of the eye shape. Refractive errors include astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness.
Leaning too close to the screen or book
One of the most observable signs that your child might need glasses is when they sit too close to the TV or lean too much towards their books or gadget screens.
They probably do this because they cannot read or see clearly unless the book or screen is close to their eyes, which is a classic sign of nearsightedness or myopia.
Tilting their head
If you find yourself asking, does my child really need glasses?, take note of their head movement. Tilting to see well can be a sign of a vision problem, like:
- Ptosis or drooping eyelid – It’s a condition wherein one or both of the upper eyelids are lower than they should be. The eyelids then can reduce the line of vision, and the child tilts their head to see past the eyelid.
- Strabismus – This is a condition where the eyes are not aligned properly. Children tilt their head to line up the eyes and use them together.
- Double vision- In some cases, children experience double vision when they look down or turn to a particular direction; tilting reduces double vision and helps them see more clearly. Please note that double vision can also be a complication of strabismus.