It’s a question that all of us with a young child in glasses have heard over and over: “How did you even know your child needed glasses?” It’s hard when your son or daughter isn’t reading, might not even be talking, to have any sense of whether they’re seeing well. And if you look for information on signs of vision problems, most books and websites talk about sitting too close to a tv, or trouble reading a chalkboard, or difficulty reading. Useful, but so much not for the very young kids. I’d like to pull together a list of signs of vision problems for parents of very young children. So what led you to have your child’s vision checked? Are there signs that you may not have paid attention to at the time, but in retrospect are ones you’d tell other parents to watch out for?
(For us, Zoe’s eyes were turning in quite noticeably and significantly starting around 8 months old. Even with them turning so much, I almost ignored it and let it go. When I did bring it up to her pediatrician, I fully expected her doctor to tell me it was nothing. Zoe’s doctor didn’t see her eyes turning at that appointment, but thank goodness she still trusted me and what I was describing, and referred us to an eye doctor.)