3 Signs Your Child's Glasses Prescription Is Too Weak

If your child wears glasses, it's important that they see their optometrist on an annual basis to make sure that their prescription hasn't changed. Not only does a prescription that's too weak make it hard for your child to see the world around them, but it can make their vision even worse.

Your child may need to see the optometrist more than once per year if their vision is continually deteriorating. Unfortunately, children may not always realize or be able to communicate that they aren't able to see properly. Here are a few signs that your child's glasses prescription is too weak. 

1. Your Child Sits Too Close to the TV

Some children like to sit close to the TV out of habit or to ensure that their siblings don't block their view. However, sitting too close to the TV is also a common sign that your child's glasses aren't strong enough. This is especially true if your child suddenly starts sitting a few feet away from the TV, as your child may be moving closer to the TV so that they're able to more clearly view the objects or people on the screen. 

2. Your Child Seems More Tired Than Usual

Though there is a slew of underlying causes that can make your child feel more tired than they normally do, one possible cause is eye strain. Eye strain occurs when your child has to strain to see what's around them. They might squint their eyes or frequently blink in an effort to make objects appear sharper. In addition to fatigue, other signs of eye strain include:

  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Soreness in or around the eyes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Burning of the eyes

If your child's sleep habits, environment, and health have remained consistent, yet they seem tired, want to nap more frequently, or have trouble keeping their eyes open, it's worth scheduling an appointment to the optometrist to see if they're suffering from eye strain.

3. Your Child's Eyes Feel Dry or Constantly Water

Eyes that are unable to correctly process images may suffer from other conditions, like an overproduction or underproduction of tears. Children may suffer from watering eyes if they have allergies or a cold, but lasting changes in their tear production may be reason for concern.

The same rule applies to dry eyes; make sure you have prolonged dry eyes checked out. Your child may hold their eyes open for extended periods or stare trying to get a better view of what's in front of them.

Contact an eye doctor like those at Cohen's Fashion Optical in order to learn more.