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Here’s How To Tell If Your Child Needs Glasses

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Experts agree that uncorrected vision problems make it much more difficult for children to succeed both in and out of the classroom. That’s why it’s important for parents to know the warning signs of an uncorrected vision problem, and to bring their children to the optometrist for regular eye exams.

A 2017 study conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California found that most visual impairment in children (aged 3-6) is due to uncorrected refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism). They also predicted a 26% increase in the amount of children with vision problems over the next 45 years.

Here are some signs to watch for that may signal the need for glasses:

  • Frequent head tilting or eye rubbing
  • Headaches
  • Closing or covering one eye when focusing on something
  • Squinting
  • Difficulty reading
  • Avoiding visually-demanding activities
  • Sitting very close to the TV screen or computer

These symptoms can affect children of all ages, and regardless of whether they already wear glasses. A child who exhibits any symptoms and already uses glasses or contact lenses may need an updated prescription.

At Overland Optical Family Eye Care, we know that healthy eyesight is critical for a child’s success and well-being. We offer pediatric eye exams and other services to ensure that your entire family receives the best in eye care.

Our friendly and professional staff uses the most effective and gentle methods to help your child feel safe and comfortable throughout the examination process.

If your child requires vision correction, we can recommend the best options for their visual needs and lifestyle.

To schedule your child’s eye exam, contact Overland Optical Family Eye Care in Overland or St. Charles today!
At Overland Optical Family Eye Care, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 314-254-2211 or book an appointment online to see one of our Overland eye doctors.

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How often does my child need to have their eyes examined?

According to the American Optometric Association, infants need an eye exam in their first year of life, and again between the ages of 3 and 5, and annually thereafter. Children at risk of developing vision problems or who already wear glasses may need more frequent eye exams. Your eye doctor will instruct you on how often to bring in your child based on their visual needs.

Are school vision screenings sufficient?

No. Vision screenings offered by pediatricians or school nurses do not replace the expertise and care of an optometrist. Unlike these simple screenings, our comprehensive eye exams are designed to detect even slight visual deficiencies, and assess a multitude of visual skills.

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