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March 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

4 Ways to Tell if Your Toddler Needs Glasses

toddler glassesEvery once in a while I'll see a toddler in glasses, and I'm surprised kids can wear glasses at such a young age. But it makes me wonder, should we be paying attention to our kids' vision so early? Does it even matter at this point -- and do glasses even do anything for kids who just barely started walking?

According to optometrist Dr. Mel Friedman, it does matter, and your toddler may sent you clues that he or she needs a vision test. This is not something you should postpone until your child is ready for school, he told Mother Nature Network. And early intervention can help correct some vision problems at a surprisingly early age. Here's what you should look for.

1. Standing too close to the TV. Not that you're letting your toddler watch TV, right? (Wink) A lot of toddlers get up close because they're excited about the bright lights and they want to touch them. But keep an eye out anyway to see if it looks more like your toddler is actually trying to get a closer look.

2. Coloring up close. Like with the TV, a toddler who colors with his face very close to the paper may be having trouble seeing well.

3. Squinting. If your toddler squints a lot away from bright lights, that could also be a tell-tale sign. It's one of those things you may not even notice until you start looking for it.

4. Play I-Spy. Dr. Friedman also suggests a few vision games you can play with your toddler to informally test their vision. You can make it fun and relaxed.

If you suspect something's up, bring up a vision test at your next pediatrician check-up. Apparently issues can be detected as young as six months! It doesn't hurt to ask -- and hopefully you'll find out it's nothing and your child's vision is perfectly fine.

Have you ever wondered if your toddler needs glasses?


  • LauraMH
    by LauraMH
    March 1, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    My DD has had them since she was about 18 months old. When the pediatrician told us we should have her eyes checked, I was so upset. At that point we were going to see about every specialist known to man and I just thought "ANOTHER Doctor!!! Her eyes are fine!" Turns out they weren't and she's been in glasses ever since. She has 20/200 in one eye and about 20/100 in the other. She has had to have patches, drops and even surgery to correct her eyesight.

    But, she is so cute with her little glasses!

  • brieri
    by brieri
    March 1, 2013 at 8:13 PM

     With the luxeries of computers, or anything related to computers, they probably do. 

  • LizzyPookey1248
    March 1, 2013 at 8:16 PM
    My 3 1/2 year old is getting his in next week. He has an astigmatism in both eyes and is farsighted.
  • tyfry7496
    March 1, 2013 at 10:05 PM
    I had glasses at 4 years old. I have horrible eye sight. My son is pretty lucky, no glasses until 4th grade and a whole lot better than mine. One good thing from his father.
  • LifeCafe42
    March 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM
    No but everyone on my side has them so he will probably at some point
  • Musiq_Junkie
    March 1, 2013 at 10:54 PM
    Lol thats my side of the family too! Im hoping good eyesight is the only thing dd will take from her dads side

    Quoting LifeCafe42:

    No but everyone on my side has them so he will probably at some point

  • conniejo75
    March 1, 2013 at 11:00 PM
    It is recommended for kids to get annual eye exams just like adults. They can tell a lot just by looking at the eyes even before kids are verbal/ able to say alphabet.
  • IBNeaters
    March 2, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    My 6yo son had been having headaches every day for months and I kept arguing with his dad about it and finally I just told him I was going to the eye doctor whether he liked it or not   Texted him what the doctor said (which is EXACTLY what I had said previously) and he said--Good job.  Prick!  Anyway, he can see when not wearing them, they're only slightly off, but his eyes had to work overtime in order to compensate, hence the ha's.  He's fine now and looks oh so adorable!  I had glasses at that age and my choices were nothing like they are today!

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