As your children are growing, everything they see is a learning experience. So it’s crucial to monitor your child’s vision and eye health to ensure a clear outlook for their future. 80% of vision impairment is preventable, and the key to prevention is early detection. Take the first important precaution by having your child’s eyes examined annually starting at a young age. Parents should take infants to an eye care professional at 6 months of age, at 3 years, and before beginning school in order to detect and prevent eye problems, according to the American Optometric Association. Beginning with school age, bringing your child in for their annual eye exam is a simple step to take in order to detect, prevent and treat vision issues.
Keeping a Look Out
As a parent, there are some telltale signals that could indicate a vision problem. Things like squinting, excessive blinking, holding work very close, or rubbing of the eyes are signs you should see a doctor to make sure there’s no trouble.
Here’s a list of things to keep an eye out for:
- Rubbing of the eyes
- Complaining often of headaches
- Holding objects or books unusually close or far away
- Excessive blinking
- Favoring one eye by covering it or turning the head
- Eyes that are not aligned or are not working together
- Red, swollen, or encrusted eyes
- Recurring sties or infections on eyelids
If you notice any of these signs, schedule an eye exam with a Pearle Vision Independent Doctor of Optometry.
If your child needs a prescription or treatment for any vision problems, Pearle Vision offers a selection of frames sized and styled to suit youth eyes. Check out some of the available youth frames online, or visit your local Pearle Vision store.