Top 10 clues your child may need vision correction

Imagine learning only five letters of the alphabet, or three of the 12 basic colors. There’s a reason we say “seeing is believing,” and that is because seeing is learning.

As much as 80% of a child’s learning is estimated to occur through his or her eyes.1 So if a child finds it difficult to focus on pictures, words, or even the passing world outside the car window, his or her education is at risk. Why not wait until they can tell us they can’t see? Because they likely don’t realize it. Eyesight issues in children tend to emerge between 18 months and 4 years old.2 So to them, what they see is normal.

This means it’s up to us to detect the signs that kids need vision correction. If you want to know how to tell if your kid needs glasses, learn these 10 symptoms.

10 signs your child may need glasses:

1 “School=Aged Vision: 6 to 18 Years of Age, American Optometric Association, http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/good-vision-throughout-life/childrens-vision/school-aged-vision-6-to-18-years-of-age?sso=y
2 “Signs of Vision Problems in Young Kids,” WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/features/child-eye-and-vision-problems#1
3 “Signs of Children’s Vision Problems,” AllAboutVision.com, http://www.allaboutvision.com/parents/slideshow-warning-signs.htm
4 “Top 10 Signs Your Child Needs Glasses,” VeryWell https://www.verywell.com/top-signs-your-child-needs-vision-correction-3421600
5 Ibid.
6 “Is Reading Difficulty a Sign of Vision Problems?” Pediatric Eye Care of Maryland, http://www.dfeyes.com/vision-problems/reading-difficulty-sign-vision-problems/
7 What Your Child’s Handwriting Could Reveal About Struggles with Reading,” Dr. Philip Nicholson’s Visual Learning Center, Jan. 14, 2016 http://www.visuallearningcenter.com/what-your-childs-handwriting-could-reveal-about-struggles-with-reading/
8 “Handwriting Clues Reveal Need for Vision Therapy for Children,” by Greg Mischio, The Vision Therapy Center Inc., Nov. 21, 2011, http://www.thevisiontherapycenter.com/discovering-vision-therapy/bid/71827/Handwriting-Clues-Reveal-Need-for-Vision-Therapy-for-Children
9 Eye Muscle Strain as the Cause of Dizziness and Headaches,” Visual Specialists of Michigan, http://vision-specialists.com/binocular-vision-dysfunction-information/eye-muscle-strain-as-the-cause-of-dizziness-and-headaches
10 “Children’s Headaches Rarely Linked to Vision Problems,” Aug. 1, 2014, American Academy of Ophthalmology, http://www.aao.org/eye-health/news/study-of-vision-problems-headaches-in-children
11 “Signs of Children’s Vision Problems,” AllAboutVision.com, http://www.allaboutvision.com/parents/slideshow-warning-signs.htm
12 “Signs of Children’s Vision Problems,” AllAboutVision.com, http://www.allaboutvision.com/parents/slideshow-warning-signs.htm