Recognizing Signs of Nearsightedness in Children

Recognizing Signs of Nearsightedness in Children

Recognizing Signs of Nearsightedness in Children

More than 40 percent of adults in America have nearsightedness. Unfortunately, the numbers rose by 25 percent over 40 years, with children adding to the statistics. Some are as young as three years old.

Unfortunately, understanding myopia is not easy for most parents. Some children with the condition suffer as myopia progresses due to the parent not knowing what they can do to help.

The first step in preventing nearsightedness from progressing is by knowing its early signs. Doing so will help you begin treatment early and allow your child to enjoy healthy vision like the rest of the kids. Read on and learn the signs that show if your child has nearsightedness.


Headache Complaints

Consistent headaches are a common vision problem symptom. If your child has frequent headaches, they may have vision problems. Ideally, track the frequency of the symptoms. Barometric pressure changes and allergies can sometimes cause headaches. But if the symptoms occur more than once per week, get their eye doctor to check their vision.


Rubbing Eyes

Children who are too young to recognize they have symptoms such as headaches rub their eyes to show discomfort. Digital eyestrain can also irritate their eyes, so limit the time they spend on a digital screen to check if the rubbing of their eyes will stop. If they continue doing so, get their vision assessed by their eye specialist at Today’s Vision.



Children correct eye-focusing problems by squinting. If one of your eyes cannot focus well, squinting can be a reflex action for better vision. It causes a change in the tension of your eye muscle to give them brief clarity if they have mild nearsightedness.


Holding Things Close to Their Face

You can tell your child is experiencing vision problems if you notice they hold objects close to their eyes to see clearly. If they struggle to see from a distance, they may have myopia. Children who watch television very close may need to get their vision tested by an eye doctor.


Excessive Watery Eyes

Nearsightedness is not comfortable, and the discomfort can cause the eyes to water. You are likely to confuse the symptom with eye irritation caused by allergies. But if the watering is excessive and consistent, take them to an eye doctor.


Closing One Eye When Reading

If you notice your child covering or closing one eye when reading, they may have a vision problem. They use this tactic to overcome blurry vision when reading. It offers temporary clarity to solve the discrepancy between how the two eyes see.

If you notice any symptoms mentioned above, get a doctor to examine your child’s vision. Nearsightedness or myopia gets worse if left untreated. It can cause your child to perform poorly in school. The doctor can give your child eyeglasses first if they diagnose them with myopia. Contact lenses are also safe for them. However, your child needs to let you know that they are ready to wear them.

Vision continues changing when an individual is between six and 20 years old. Plan to have your children get their vision examined every year. If they are having constant trouble seeing, go for eye appointments regularly. Myopia in kids can cause frequent vision changes that may stabilize as they grow older.

For more about nearsightedness in children, visit Today’s Vision at our office in San Antonio, Texas. Call (210) 307-4749 to book an appointment today.

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