8 signs your child needs glasses​

September 21, 2015 - 2 min read

Here are 8 signs to keep a look out for to tell if you child may need to visit an optometrist.

How To Know If Your Child Needs Glasses


Squinting will reduce the size of the blurred image on your child’s retina, temporarily improving their vision. ​Your little one may squint often if they’re trying to compensate for poor vision.

Head Tilt 

​If your child is always tilting their head, it’s a tale-tell sign that they may be suffering from an eye muscle imbalance. This imbalance can cause double vision, which is less intense when they tilt their head. 

Sitting Too Close

Does your child sit too close to the TV? If so, then there’s a good chance they suffer some degree of near-sightedness. This eye condition means that they have clearer vision when focusing on something up close, but will struggle to see clearly from a distance. 

Closing One Eye

Covering one eye when reading or watching TV is common practice when a child has good vision in one eye, but is trying to shut off the vision of a weaker eye. If your child is covering one eye and this is left uncorrected, they could be at risk of developing a lazy eye, cross eyes or a number of other eye-related conditions.

Watery eyes

Apart from being annoying, ​watery eyes can interfere with good vision. If your little one has watery eyes, it could be due to a condition where their eyelids don’t completely close when they are asleep, causing excessive tearing during the day. 

Eye Rubbing

If your child rubs their eyes constantly when they’re not tired, this may be a sign of eye fatigue. This symptom can be the result of a number of eye conditions and vision problems, so you should seek professional help from your local Townsville optometrist. 

Constant Headaches

​If your child won’t stop getting headaches, it could be due to them overexerting to compensate for poor vision.
Visit the Queensland government website for more information on eye checks, glasses and optical health

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