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Here’s How To Tell If Your Child Needs Glasses

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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Q&A

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.

Same-Day Eyeglass Replacement and Repair

You know that sinking feeling when you or your child lose or break a much-needed pair of eyeglasses? Now, there’s no reason to panic. At Overland Optical Family Eye Care we understand that you can’t wait days to be able to see clearly. We’re proud to offer you expert same-day service for new glasses and repairs.

On-Site Lab

How do we offer same-day service? Thanks to our on-site lab, we don’t waste time sending your prescription and eyewear to a lab across town. Having an in-house lab that utilizes ultra-precise technology enables us to work quickly and efficiently, and to maintain quality control.

Just as important, we can adjust the new or repaired lenses and frames on the spot.

We offer same-day service for most prescription glasses, including those with specialized lenses: Transitions lenses, progressives (no-line bifocals), and glare-free single-vision lenses, among others.

Eyeglass Repairs

We know that eyeglasses withstand a lot of use and abuse, but sometimes the effects of daily wear and handling necessitate repairs. Frames may crack, a lens may get scratched or a screw may come loose. We can fix your eyewear promptly, no matter the type of repair needed.

Our experts are trained and experienced to provide quick, reliable service. Our goal is to put a pair of eyeglasses back on your face as soon as possible!

Contact Overland Optical Family Eye Care in Overland, St. Charles if you need to repair or replace your glasses.

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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Ask Your Optician About Miraflex Glasses

If your child needs glasses, there are several things to consider. We can help you and your child find frames that are safe, comfortable, and look great.

Kids can be rough on things, so their glasses need to be strong. Thanks to its unique design, Miraflex glasses provide the durability your child needs. Available in 15 sizes and 32 colors, Miraflex brightens the world for children of all ages.

About Miraflex

Miraflex glasses have plastic frames with no metal parts, making them a safe option for your child’s protective eyewear. The frames are extremely flexible and are designed to withstand intense play. They are able to fit specific lenses such as prisms, and can comfortably hold lenses for optical prescriptions of up to +/- 28 dioptres.

Miraflex is made with a lightweight flexible material that is soft and pliable, and will mold to match the unique features of a child’s face for increased comfort. Miraflex frames offer an anatomically designed nose bridge that eliminates the need for nose pads, so they fit infants, toddlers, and children of all ages – providing a more secure, comfortable fit.

The frames are rubber free, latex free & hypo-allergenic.

Each pair comes with an elastic band that wraps behind the head to ensure that the frames stay properly on the face.

With so many colors and styles to choose from, Miraflex offers your child the perfect style and fit for their face and lifestyle while safely correcting their vision.

To learn more about Miraflex glasses, contact St. Charles, MO and find the right pair for your child.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Sara Schmitz, O.D.

Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

  • A: Yes. Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

  • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

Quality Frames For Prescription Eyeglasses & Computer Glasses In St. Louis, Missouri. Visit Overland Optical Family Eye Care for an eye exam and eyeglasses that match your style.

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