The Importance of Child’s Vision Development
by EO Executive Optical | November 15, 2017 at 11:49am

We can’t help but to say “aww” when we see images of babies or kids wearing glasses. The cuter and colorful the eyeglasses frame the better. However, behind those adorable shots are the struggle of parents and their kids because at a young age their children are already suffering from eye problems. This is especially difficult for couples who are just planning to start a family or first time parents. They are clueless of what to do.

They might be preoccupied with their baby’s first step or first word. How about their vision development? This is something parents shouldn’t miss or taken for granted. The American Optometric Association (AOA) provide tips on how to monitor and take care of children’s vision starting from infancy, preschool to school-age years. 

Infant Vision

From birth to 24 months of age, human babies are already learning to see by observing their surroundings. This is despite the fact that their vision is not yet fully developed.

At birth, they can only focus on objects 8 to 10 inches from their face. During their eighth months, eye-hand-foot-body coordination further develops thru crawling. In the ninth month, they’re able to grasp objects using their thumb and forefinger. At two years of age, their vision is well developed.

Signs of eye problems:

  • Excessive tearing
  • Red or encrusted eye lids
  • Extreme sensitivity to light
  • Appearance of a white pupil

What parents can do? They should start helping the vision development of their children during the first months. Read this to learn more.

Preschool Vision

Specifically, this is from 3 to 5 years of age. Children become more explorative and curious of their environment. It is not only their vision develops but also their motor skills. The activities they enjoy the most are drawing; looking at pictures; coloring; and playing blocks or other toys.

Signs of eye problems:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sitting to close to the TV
  • Holding a book too close
  • Avoiding the activities mentioned above

If one of the signs above persists, schedule for a comprehensive eye checkup immediately or end up buying an eyeglasses frame with high grade lenses.

School-aged Vision

A child who doesn’t perform well in school doesn’t mean he or she is lazy. Perhaps it is a sign of undetected vision problem. AOA explains that “it has been estimated that as much as 80% of the learning a child does occurs through his or her eyes.”

Signs of eye problems:

  • Short attention span
  • Frequent headaches
  • Avoiding reading and other close activities
  • Difficulty remembering what he or she read

If these problems continue, an eye examination is in order.

A healthy pair of eyes is a child’s key to their growth and development. Parents should keep an eye on their children in order to achieve this. This is an overused adage but still “prevention is better than cure.” However, unless it is inherited, parents should foresee their child wearing the cutest set of eyeglasses frame.