5 signs your child needs glasses

As an adult, you know how to recognise problems with your vision, but children don’t always know how to tell you if there’s something wrong. Vision is what kids use to do the majority of their learning, so it’s vital to their development.

With school restarting in a few weeks, now is the time to make sure your child’s vision is the best it can be to ensure they have the best possible chance at school.

As one of the top providers of children’s eyecare in North London, we’ve put together 5 signs that your child may need glasses.

1. Squinting

Needing to squint to focus is a classic sign of a refractive error such as near or far-sightedness.

2. Getting too close to screens

Kids spend a lot of time in front of screens, be it the TV, a tablet, or computer. If you notice your child seems to get very close to the screen it could be a sign that they are having problems with their vision.

3. Headaches and sore eyes

Untreated vision problems can cause eye strain, which in turn can cause headaches or sore eyes. If your child complains of headaches or they frequently rub their eyes, it’s time for an eye exam.

4. Concentration and reading problems

Vision problems can lead to a reluctance to read or write, and make it  hard to concentrate. Often problems at school are misdiagnosed when a simple eye exam could have made things easier for the child.

5. Tilting the head or covering one eye

Rather than talking about vision problems, children will often find a way around them, such as tilting their head or covering one eye to make it easier to focus.

Book an eye exam

If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, book in a child’s eye test in our North London practice. Our optician will perform a full eye examination and advise on the best course of action if they think your child needs something to help their vision.

If your child’s vision does need correction, we have a great range of children’s glasses in Finchley, as well as in our opticians practices in Potters Bar and Temple Fortune. Book now before the new school term starts.