Does Your Child Need A New Eye Exam? Signs To Watch For

Posted on: 22 March 2022

If your child currently wears eyeglasses, you're probably already aware of the recommendation to visit the optometrist for an eye exam every year. However, you may not know that there are some cases when you'll want to make that optometrist appointment sooner. In fact, sometimes kids benefit from new glasses more often than once a year. Here's a look at a few indications that your child is in need of new glasses no matter when their annual appointment is supposed to be.

Frequent Headaches

One of the earliest indications that your child needs new eyeglasses is frequent headaches. When your child's vision worsens, their existing eyeglasses won't be enough to correct for it. This leads to eye strain, which often causes headaches. This will be especially common for children during the school year when they are reading textbooks and doing homework or for children who are playing a lot of video games or spending time on the computer. 

If your child is suddenly complaining of headaches more frequently than they have in the past, take some time to see if there are any other indications that your child's vision isn't at its best. If so, reach out to a local optometrist for a new eye exam.

Recent Growth Spurt

Another thing to consider if you're trying to decide whether or not it might be time for your child to get new eyeglasses before their usual exam is whether or not they've had a growth spurt since their last exam. Especially if that growth spurt came as part of puberty, you'll want to think about taking him or her to the optometrist for new eyeglasses.

That's because your child's head will grow along with the rest of their body, especially when they fill out during puberty. That growth can cause their current eyeglass frames to be stretched or warped, which can lead to a poor fit and improper vision correction. In those cases, you'll need to see about wider frames for their next pair of glasses.

Being Clumsy

For many parents, frequent accidents are a common sign that their child needs new eyeglasses. Whether it's due to blurry vision, poor depth perception, or any other visual issue, when your child's vision worsens, it increases their risk of accidents, including bumping into things, tripping over things, and more. If your child has been suffering from more frequent accidents or seems to be more clumsy than usual, that's a key indication that he or she may need new glasses.

Talk with your optometrist about any concerns you may have about your child's eyeglasses.

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