I’ve been “team glasses” since I was about six years old. I still remember my very first pair. They were bubble gum pink with an image of Barbie on both sides. You couldn’t have convinced me that my glasses weren’t’ the coolest things ever. 

I vividly remember driving home from the optometrist with my mom and looking out of the window. I was literally and proverbially “seeing the world through fresh eyes”. For the first time ever I realized that stop lights had three distinct colors and that they weren’t just a yellow box emitting a brown blob of light.

Even at six I could appreciate what those pink Barbie glasses could give me: a clear perspective on the world.

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According to experts, more than 10 million kids in the US have a vision problem that’s undetected. That vision problem is interfering with their everyday activities along with their ability to learn. That’s an awfully scary statistic given that almost 80% of what a child learns is obtained visually.

As a parent, your best option is to familiarize yourself with the early warning signs of visual impairment in a child. If you catch it early on, you can take the proper steps to correct the problem before it gets worse – like getting your little one some pink Barbie glasses… if that’s what they’re into. 😉

Leading optometrist and co-founder of 39DollarGlasses.com Dr. Marc Weinstein has put together a list of some of the most important tell tale signs that could mean that your child needs to be tested for glasses.

Check out 5 signs of eye problems in children in the slides below:

Squinting can indicate that your child may be nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism.

If a child is excessively rubbing his or her eyes it could be a result of eyestrain.

Skipping lines , losing place, or simply just having a lower attention span when reading could be an indication of a vision problem.

If a child has trouble seeing they may cover or close an eye to help adjust their vision.

Sitting too close to the television is typically a sign of nearsightedness. Nearsightedness - or the medical term Myopia - is a vision condition in which close objects are seen clearly, but objects farther away appear blurred.

 

Has your child recently experienced getting new glasses? How are they adjusting? Let’s discuss in the comments below.

 

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