Why does a child need glasses?
Children may need glasses for several reasons – some of which are different than for adults. Because a child’s visual system is growing and developing, especially during the first 5/6 years of life, glasses may play an important role in ensuring normal vision development. The main reasons a child may need glasses are:
How can a child be tested for glasses, especially in infancy or early childhood?
An ophthalmologist can detect the need for glasses through a complete eye exam. Typically, the pupils are dilated in order to relax the focusing muscle of the lens n the eye, so that an accurate measurement can be obtained. By using a special instrument, called a retinoscope, our doctors / optometrists can arrive at an accurate prescription. You will then be advised whether there is a need for glasses.
What are the different types of refractive errors (need for glasses) that can affect children?
There are 4 basic types of refractive errors:
How will I ever get my child to wear glasses?
Most children who need glasses will wear their them without difficulty because they do make a difference to their vision. Initially, some children may show some resistance to wearing glasses, but it is necessary for parents to demonstrate a positive attitude. Some toddlers may wear glasses only when they are in a good mood and reject them (and everything else) when they are not. Getting a good frame fit by an optician who is experienced in paediatric eyewear is also of great importance. The frame should be very comfortable with the eye centered in the middle of the lens. Many children’s frames have soft, comfortable cables that fit around the ears.
Does my child need bifocals?
Children occasionally need bifocals. These are usually children who have crossed eyes (esotropia) and need bifocals to help control the crossing. Also, children who have had cataract surgery often need bifocals or reading glasses.
Will wearing glasses make my child’s eyes worse of more dependent on them?
No, in fact the opposite may be true. If a child does not wear the glasses prescribed, normal vision development can be adversely affected.
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