This post about how to tell if your child needs glasses has been sponsored by VSP Vision Care and Clever Girls Collective but all opinions expressed here are my own.
My kids started back to school a few weeks ago and in preparation for the new school year we had a lot of things to get done. There were clothes to buy, pencils to sharpen and summer reading to finish. There were also doctor and dentist appointments to make to ensure that we had all of the information we needed to complete the registration paperwork for middle school. They want to ensure that our kids have had all of the proper vaccinations and dental exams before starting school. When reading through the registration form I noticed a section dedicated to vision care but was told by the school administrators that vision exams are not mandatory at our school for admittance. I was really surprised by this since being able to see properly is really vital to success at school! While most pediatricians will do a general eye screening as part of their exam going to an actual vision care expert gives a much more accurate look at your child’s eye health. Both of my kids have been to the eye doctor, although I admit we certainly don’t do it every year like we probably should. If you suspect that your child may have vision problems and want to learn how to tell if your child needs glasses here are a few tips:
How to Tell if Your Child Needs Glasses
- Do your kids sit too close to the television?
- Do you notice them squinting, whether they are doing it while reading or looking at things farther away?
- Do you notice an excessive amount of tearing from your children’s eyes?
- Do they rub their eyes frequently, even if they are not tired?
- Do they complain of frequent headaches?
- Is your child particularly clumsy? While this could just be a coincidence, clumsiness can sometimes be an indicator of vision problems.
- Do they cover one eye or tilt their head a certain way to see things better?
- Have their grades at school suddenly dropped?
- Do they have trouble concentrating on tasks like reading or homework?
- Do they suddenly avoid favorite activities like reading or playing ball with friends?
Vision care is important to your child’s success in school and can have a huge impact on their social activities as well. Without vision care options from healthcare many people choose to skip eye exams because it can be too costly. Eye exams are important for everyone in your family and we shouldn’t wait until there is a problem to schedule an eye exam. Annual eye exams allow eye doctors to detect early signs of health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Knowing how to tell if your child need needs glasses lets you know if there is a problem but preventative exams are important, too.
Did you know that 80% of what we learn is through our eyes? This makes an eye exam essential for your back-to-school “to do” list. If you do not have vision care insurance yet , you may want to consider VSP Vision Care. As the only national not-for-profit in vision care, VSP strives to offer the best care with the lowest out-of-pocket costs. They have a network of 30,000 doctors and you can choose the provider, location, and eyewear that’s right for your family. SeeMuchMore.com is a one-stop site for all the information you need about enrolling in vision benefits. The site includes a virtual savings calculator to estimate your savings with VSP vision benefits and helpful information about maintaining healthy vision. You can also play an interactive game for a chance to win daily prizes.
Parents should take their children to the eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam starting as young as six months old, then again at three years old, before kindergarten and every year after that. I know my kids are definitely due for a complete eye exam and will be including that in my ‘to do list’ to make sure we stay on top of their eye health. If you haven’t scheduled your kids eye exams, considering enrolling in VSP Vision Care to ensure your family’s eyesight is protected and they get the eye care they deserve. The average VSP member saves approximately $320 each year with vision insurance and get accesss to tons of great eyewear – more than two dozen brands and hundreds of styles to choose from! Gone are the days of being called a geek because you wear glasses. Now, your kid can look hip and stylish while improving their vision!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.