When it comes to glasses and kids we often see three scenarios in our offices. The first is a child who is complaining about blurry vision either when reading books or looking at the whiteboard in their class. Through testing, we can determine that your child does in fact have a vision problem and we can prescribe appropriate glasses, or contacts for older children.
The second is a child who is also complaining about not being able to see in class and is certain they “need” glasses. In this case, we sometimes determine he or she doesn't need glasses, and instead diagnose a case of “I just really want to wear glasses because I think they’re cool.” In this case, we carefully talk to the parents and let them know that their child’s vision is fine and that glasses aren’t needed. We then present this to the child in a way as to not upset them.
The third scenario is the child who comes in and says that everything is fine with their vision, but during our testing we realize that glasses are definitely needed.
So how do you know if your child needs eyeglasses? The only way to know for sure is to make schedule a yearly eye exam for them. Like everything else going on with their little bodies, their eyes can change seemingly overnight. Thanks to annual eye exams, our doctors can keep tabs on vision changes.
In between those yearly eye exams, here are some things to watch for:
If you believe your child may need glasses, or you haven’t brought them in during the past year, please give us a call so we can get an appointment scheduled for them. We offer a large selection of glasses for children of all ages, from infants to teens. And, our experienced opticians can help you decide if you’d like to add protective coatings or transitional lenses that convert the glasses to sunglasses.
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