During your child’s first few months of life, you will take them to their pediatrician for wellness checks where just about everything— including their vision— will be checked and monitored for abnormalities. Luckily, most babies don’t need corrective glasses and typically outgrow any vision problems by the time they are a toddler. To help you identify any symptoms that your child may need glasses, we have created a brief guide. Read on to learn more.
They Rub Their Eyes a Lot
Babies rub their eyes a lot— especially when they’re brand new and tired. However, as your child gets a little older (around four months or so), they will start to spend more of the day awake and alert. If you notice that your baby is still rubbing their eyes even as they are older, this could be a sign that they are trying to focus but are unable to.
They Can’t Focus on Objects
By four months old, your baby should be able to follow an object with their eyes. For instance, if you grab a ball or a stuffed toy and hold it in front of them, they should be able to follow it from side to side. If you have noticed that your child is unable to do so, then they may have a vision problem.
One of Their Eyes Wanders
Strabismus is a condition in which the muscles in the eyes aren’t fully developed, making them go cross eyed or wander. Luckily, with the help of glasses or an eye patch, we at Wilkinson Eye Center can help strengthen these weakened muscles so that your baby doesn’t have vision problems later on in life.
Although uncommon, some baby’s need glasses to help correct issues like strabismus or help them see better. If you have noticed any of the characteristics listed above in your baby, schedule an appointment with Wilkinson Eye Center, and we will get them taken care of.