Does my child need glasses?

Child with GlassesGlasses are prescribed to correct for significant changes in vision such as myopia (nearsightedness or trouble seeing without objects); hyperopia (farsightedness o trouble seeing near objects occasionally resulting in crossing of the eyes in young children); astigmatism (irregularly shaped eyes resulting in blurred vision); and anisometropia (unequal focus between the two eyes which may result in amblyopia or one eye becoming weaker than the other).

Children particularly at risk for requiring glasses are those who were premature, have family members who wear glasses (particularly siblings), have strabismus (crossing of the eyes), or show behavior consistent with poor vision such as squinting.

A child's requirement for glasses can be checked accurately and painlessly by a pediatric ophthalmologist, at any age (even newborns), using specialized equipment.