How to Tell if Your Toddler Needs Glasses


Nearly three-quarters of people in the United States need some sort of vision correction. Because of these odds, it’s important to know how to spot warning signs in your toddler. Here are 3 signs your child may need to see an eye doctor for glasses.


Most toddlers won’t tell you that the world around them seems blurry. But that’s not to say they don’t know that something is wrong. Many toddlers will instinctively squint to see better, especially when trying to look at something far away.

Sitting Close to the Television

Toddlers who sit very close to the television may be giving you another signal that their vision is less than perfect. Of course, they may just be excited to watch their favorite television program, but in many cases, they truly have a hard time seeing what’s on the screen. Ask them to move back and watch to see if they start squinting to see it better. You can also watch them as they use a crayon to draw to see if they hold their face very close to the piece of paper.

Difficulty Seeing Things at a Distance

As soon as your toddler starts talking, you can start playing the “I spy” game with him. See if he can spot things in the distance like cars, other people, or signs along the side of the road. Not only is this a good way to get him talking and engaged in his environment, it’s a good way to identify vision problems like nearsightedness and astigmatism.

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