We all know that as we getolder, our eyesight tends to go. However, a lot of people need glasses at a younger age.
Some people start having to useglasses in their teens and some need them when they’re even younger.
But how can you tell if your pre- schooler needs glasses?
If your pre-schooler does needglasses, it’s best if you can pick up on this straight away.
At Friday’s Child Montessori,and at nearly every Montessoriearly learning centre worth its salt, we believe in helping children move onto readingskills as soon as they show the aptitude for it.
But if your child has problemswith vision, this could prove to be a real barrier to their learning.
Waiting until school isn’t a goodidea, as a child who is ready to learn their letters but has trouble seeing them and recognising them will easily become frustrated.
This will lead to the early days ofreading being filled with tensionand anxiety, rather than being a stage when a whole new world of discovery opens up.
Often, the problems that meanthat a child will need glasses arecongenital (i.e. they’re born with the problem).
This is especially the case with short-sightedness (short visionor myopia) and long-sightedness (farsightedness or hyperopia).
In these conditions, often theproblem is in the shape of the eyeball.
In a normal eye, the eyeball is exactly the right length so that the light rays going through the lens of the cornea will be focussed when they reach theretina on the back of the eyeball.
However, if the eyeball is too long or too short, the focal point is either forward of the retina or beyond it, meaning that the light rays (and thus the image) that reaches the retina isn’t focused properly and looks all blurry.
The thickness of the cornea also creates problems – it’s the thickening of the lens during or after middle age that causes age-related short-sightedness (also known as presbyopia).
There are other problems that may require your child to wearglasses. Astigmatism is another problem that is also caused by an odd-shaped eyeball.
If a person of any age hasastigmatism, nearby things andfar away things will look blurry. Again, glasses are the most common corrective.
Some of these problems showup in later childhood or in the teen years.
In many ways, it’s easier for a parent when children getproblems with vision at this age, as he or she can notice the trouble and complain about it.
For example, they’ll tell you that the words on the page or the pictures on the screen areblurry, which is a real giveaway.
If you suspect that your child has a problem with his/hervision, then your first port of call should be your GP.
An eye test will soon see for certain if your child has aproblem, and your next stop will be the optician or the eyespecialist to get glasses with the lenses that will correct your child’s unique problem.
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