For most adults, eye care is largely taken for granted. But when it comes to children, it can be difficult to know what to look for with regard to eye care. The fact is, until they start school, your children probably won’t be in many situations in which optimal vision is necessary, and for that reason you may not become aware if there are problems.
How do you know if your child has healthy eyes?
However, there are simple steps you can take at home to determine whether or not your child’s eyes are naturally imperfect or suffering from any particular condition. Of course, going the simple route, you can always design a vision board (like the ones you’ve likely seen at your own optician’s office) and compare your child’s vision with your own. However, there are also a variety of legitimate eye tests you can find online to conduct at home. Acuvue provides helpful information on a few of the most common conditions to keep an eye out for in your children:
- Hyperopia – Also known as “farsightedness,” this is a condition in which a child will experience blurry vision when looking at things that are close to him or her, but see more clearly at distance. It’s a common condition that occurs when the cornea is too flat.
- Myopia – This is essentially the reverse of the previous condition, and is known as “nearsightedness.” Myopia occurs because the cornea is too prominently curved.
- Astigmatism – This condition essentially causes blurry vision at all distances, though it can lean toward far- or nearsightedness. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea is shaped in an irregular fashion.
Ultimately, you should trust a professional optician with the concrete diagnosis of any of these conditions in your child, but you can at least gain an understanding of your child’s eyes by understanding their effects and testing eyesight at home.
If you do determine that your child has an eye condition that requires corrective vision, you’ll have to decide on which form of correction to go with – the ordinary options being contacts or glasses (as laser surgery is not recommended for children).
Many parents believe that young children should wear glasses for a few years, due to potential discomfort with contact lenses. However the truth is that there is no established age limit for contact lenses. In fact, many kids are getting them younger and younger, and it’s really a matter of personal preference and comfort. Some parents find that their children vastly prefer contacts simply because they enable more activity and flexibility.
That said, glasses are a perfectly sound option. Some children are self-conscious about glasses, but you can find perfectly fashionable, and even fun options from certain providers like Zoobug. In the end, the important thing is to diagnose and solve any issues in your child’s vision!