When a young child is sick, there are usually symptoms like a runny nose, fever, or cough. Vision problems, though, can be more difficult to diagnose. Since young children may not be able to communicate exactly what is going on with their eyes, parents need to look for behavioral clues.
What Are the Signs?
How do you know if a toddler eye exam is necessary? Your toddler may not be able to tell you if something is blurry or if they can’t see an object far away. There are a few key signs of potential vision problems in young children:
- Eye rubbing
- Covering one eye to see better
- Sitting too close to the television
- Extreme light sensitivity
- Chronic redness or tearing of the eyes
Don’t assume all is well with your child’s eyes if these signs are not present. Children as young as six months old can benefit from an eye exam to guarantee normal development is taking place. Once a child is 3 or 4 years old, regular eye exams should be part of annual medical care. Young eyes change quickly, so early detection and treatment of any issues are important to overall development.
Eyewear for Toddlers
If the eye doctor prescribes glasses for your toddler, keeping them on might be the next challenge. Plastic frames can be a durable choice for toddlers. An elastic strap can help keep them in place, and letting your child help choose the glasses may make the transition easier.
Eyes & Optics NY has very knowledgeable doctors onsite, at every one of our practices. Stop by or check online to schedule an appointment. It’s also very easy to schedule a visit online. Simply find a location near you and follow the link to make an appointment; you’ll be well on your way to healthy vision for your family. Make a regular eye exam part of your annual health care plan.