Did you know that more than 90% of what your new baby learns, they learn through seeing things? This means that if a child has an undetected vision problem, they may be at a developmental disadvantage. Never fear though, as glasses can correct many of these problems and give your child a new lens on life.
Unfortunately many young children can’t verbalize visual issues they may have. Instead, you must rely on clues they give throughout the day that may indicate an issue with their sight. August is National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, and here at Any Baby Can we’re working to do our part to bring awareness to potential vision issues a child may have so that they can get the help they need.
Several signs that that could indicate the need for glasses are:
Squinting. If your child constantly squints his eyes, he may be attempting to correct a vision issue. Squinting is a sign of both nearsightedness and farsightedness, both of which can easily be corrected with the help of glasses.
Constantly rubbing eyes. If you notice that your child is constantly rubbing his eyes, don’t brush it off as simply a sign he needs a nap. Children also rub their eyes when experiencing eyestrain or eye fatigue, in an attempt to relieve some of the pain. Glasses can help relieve this strain and stress by aiding the eye.
Frequent headaches. This is a common symptom of an underlying eye issue, particularly when the headaches are frontal or brow aches. Children furrow their brow and strain in order to see properly when experiencing blurry vision, which can result in painful headaches.
Sitting too close to the TV. If you constantly find your child nose-to-nose with the T.V., or holding a book unnaturally close to his face, it may be time to take him to the optometrist to pick up a pair of glasses. Children may also hold toys too close to their face during playtime if they are experiencing vision issues.
Luckily, glasses can alleviate these symptoms and several more. Here at Any Baby Can, we know that glasses may be inaccessible for some families due to budgetary constraints. If you notice your child displaying one of these symptoms, give us a call at 512.454.3743.
Our Early Childhood Intervention program helps children ages 0-3 who are dealing with auditory and visual impairments. To learn more about family health and parenting tips and advice, visit us at Any Baby Can and register for one of our affordable parenting classes, or give us a call at 512.454.3743.