Five signs that your child may need glasses - from headaches how they watch tv 1 week ago

Five signs that your child may need glasses - from headaches how they watch tv

There are some key signs to look out for.

With a huge increase in the time children spend on screens, various vision problems are beginning to be seen among younger generations.

That's according to a recent study that claims kids today spend 56% more time on technology.

Eye health is incredibly important in children both for their academic success and overall development. That's not to say that having 20/20 vision is imperative, but having good vision ensures they are processing and comprehending what they see.

According to Tina Patel, optician at Feel Good Contacts, as children grow, their visual demands increase, especially in an academic environment. For example, the print size in textbooks gets smaller, and the time spent reading and studying increases significantly.

"As a result, children may experience constant eye strain, and without comprehensive eye tests, many vision disorders may go undetected or even be misdiagnosed as ADHD, dyslexia, behavioural issues, or a learning disability," the study says.

Young children might find it hard to voice that they're having difficulties with their eyesight and may not be aware that they have a problem.

Experts recommend that parents book an eye test at the start of each school year.

The five signs that indicate your child may need glasses are:

  • Having to sit very close to the TV
  • Holding books very close to their face
  • Excessive squinting
  • Headaches
  • Complaining of sore eyes

Three tips for encouraging good eye health in children:

Balanced diet

A healthy, balanced diet is one of the best ways to keep your child’s eyes healthy.

Foods that contain the usual gems vitamins A, C, and E, Omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants are particularly beneficial for eye health.

Parents should encourage your child to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, nuts, and oily fish.

Limit screen time

It's no lie that screens are a necessary part of modern life, but limiting your child’s screen time is important.

Encourage regular breaks, outdoor play, and non-screen hobbies.

If screen use is unavoidable, ensure the device is at a safe distance from their eyes and that the lighting is adequate.

The 20-20-20 rule

To help reduce eye strain from prolonged screen use, teach your child the 20-20-20 rule.

Every 20 minutes, they should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives their eyes a much-needed break and helps to reduce strain.