pediatric vision

How to Protect Your Little One’s Eye Glasses  

Kids aren’t known for taking good care of expensive, breakable objects. If you’re a parent of a little one who needs corrective lenses, you might be nervous about how your child will treat their glasses. The following tips can help your child develop good habits with their glasses, while also preventing loss or breakage. Here’s what you need to know.

Develop Good Glasses Habits

Teach your child from the very beginning which habits can help them avoid breaking and losing their glasses.

  • Teach your child to wear their glasses every day, and not to take them off.
  • When your child does take off their glasses, teach them to put their glasses in a location where theyr’e easy to find.
  • Pick one spot in your child’s room where their glasses “live,” so your child will know where to put their glasses at the end of the day.

Use Special Tools to Prevent Loss and Breakage

There are many tools that can prevent your child from losing or breaking their glasses.

  • Strap. Straps help keep glasses on infants and toddlers who might be inclined to rip the glasses off their face.
  • Bluetooth tracker. These devices attach to the inside arm of the glasses and then allow you to find the glasses with a tracking app on your phone.
  • Sports glasses. If your child plays rough sports, consider buying them durable sports glasses.
  • Glasses case. Some children will diligently put their glasses away in a case which makes their glasses easy to locate. Buy your child a glasses case that is brightly colored, so it’s easier to spot in a messy room.

How to Find Your Child’s Glasses

Get used to noticing where your child puts down their glasses throughout the day. When your child can’t find their glasses, return to these places first. If your child is forgetful, be sure to buy glasses in a bright color that’s easy to see.

Does Your Little One Need Glasses? Contact Lifetime Vision

Buy the right glasses for your little one. The more comfortable and fitted they are to your child’s face, the more they’ll want to keep them on. To get started buying your child’s glasses, call Lifetime Vision today.

How Old Does My Child Have to Be to Start Wearing Contacts?

Many parents wonder at what age their child can begin wearing contacts. One of the best ways to answer this question is by referring to a 2017 study that was conducted by the American Optometric Association (AOA), The Safety of Soft Contact Lenses in Children, the goal of this study was to determine how safe soft lenses are for children, which age group optometrists frequently recommend contacts to, as well as the reasons for these recommendations.

What Age is a Good Age to Consider Contact Lenses?

Many optometrists state that they typically begin fitting a child for contacts once he or she reaches the age of 10, 11 or 12. The age of 10 is typically the youngest age that optometrists will recommend contact lenses for because optometrists believe that once children reach the age of 10, they are mature enough to take proper care of their eyes and their contacts.

Study Results

Sixty-seven percent of the optometrists who participated in this study stated that they fit children who are 8 years old or younger for glasses. However, once the child falls within the 15 to 17-year-old age group, 66 percent of the participating optometrists stated that they would be more likely to fit the individual for contacts.

Can a Child Who is Younger Than 10 Get Contact Lenses?

Possibly, there are a variety of reasons that an optometrist may consider a child who is younger than 10 for contact lenses instead of glasses. For example, if a child practices good personal hygiene, is very responsible and really wants to wear contacts instead of glasses, he or she may be a good candidate for contacts. When a child wants to wear contacts, the likelihood that he or she will take proper care of them increases. In addition, an optometrist may recommend contact lenses for a child who participates in sports, fast-paced activities and dances because contacts are safer than glasses while participating in these kinds of activities.

If you reside in the Grand Forks, North Dakota, area and your child needs an eye exam, glasses or contact lenses, contact Lifetime Vision to schedule an appointment with an experienced optometrist. To schedule an appointment by phone, please call 701-746-6745 or, if you prefer, you can use our online form by clicking here. Lifetime Vision is located at 2900 South Columbia Road, Grand Forks, North Dakota.


When Should My Child Have Her First Eye Exam?

Young children can have problems with their eyes, just like adults. In fact, young children can have eye issues before they leave the womb. However, there is a difference between an adult with eye problems and a young child. Young children with eye problems that arent treated can cause significant visual problems down the line. Furthermore, young children have to deal with learning new concepts that adults don’t. So having good eyesight is essential to your child’s success academically. In the end, the school system is probably not the best place to check vision in children. An optometrist should be consulted for a child’s potential vision issues. They are trained and know how to assess the beginning of treatable vision issues like lazy eye or crossed eyes. Both of those conditions, if treated early, can be eliminated or minimized early on. Young children in school often learn through visual media. Everything from picture books, computer screens, chalkboards viewed from far away, and even phone screens can pose a problem for a child with vision problems. However, the child may not have the know-how or maturity to know that their vision is impaired. That is why an adult needs to get the child examed early instead of waiting for the child to mention issues. Also, the visual history of the child’s family should be taken into account. If you, as the parents, have vision issues, it is a good chance that your child might also have problems.

When to Get That First Exam

It is recommended that a child’s eyes should be examined by an optometrist as early as six months after birth. The exam at six months won’t be the same as an adult. Babies aren’t able to say what they see on an eye chart yet. However, there can still be issues that an optometrist can find out without having to engage with the child verbally. The optometrist will focus mainly on if the child’s eyes are healthy and free of defects. Some defects can impair vision so severely, if not treated, that vision can be affected for the duration of the child’s life.

Next, at age three, another exam should happen, and then the child should be examined about three years later. From there, like with adults, the child should have their eyes checked every two years. Now, if the child is prescribed eyewear, then it is recommended that you have the child’s eyes checked every year.

Getting your child’s eye examined early is essential to the health and learning capabilities of the child. If you have any concerns about your child’s eyesight, consult with your optician right away.


How to Protect Your Child’s Vision

Eyesight must be cared for along with other areas of the body. Vision problems can start at a very young age. As a parent, there are many things you can do to protect your child’s vision so they may enjoy a lifetime of good eyesight.

Teach Good Habits

Teach your child to have good habits surrounding their eyesight. Show them the proper distance to hold a book, which is 15 to 25 inches, according to experts. Of course, your child’s arm’s are shorter but don’t allow your child to hold books close up to their faces.

Look For Indicators of Poor Vision

Your young child may not be able to communicate that they have trouble seeing. They may also assume their vision is the same as other kids.’ Always be on the lookout for indicators of challenging vision. These include:

  • your child drops a lot of items
  • behavioral issues (stemming from frustration)
  • excessive tripping/falling
  • often complains that their head hurts
  • poor grades
  • excessive dislike of school

Install Adequate Lighting

Poor lighting causes eye strain. Although a child’s decorative lamps are cute, they may not be bright enough for bedtime reading. Opt for a minimum of 40 watts next to the bed. If your child enjoys reading or looking at picture books elsewhere, place reading lamps where needed.

Get Professional Screenings

Don’t wait until your child’s school has a vision screening day. By then it may be too late to correct problems. Arrange to have your child’s vision screened in a professional doctor’s office. Even if your child can’t yet read, their vision can be tested in other ways that are age-appropriate. The earlier any issues are detected, the better the prognosis.

Use Protective Sports Eyewear

If your child engages in any contact sports, make sure they wear protective eyewear. Contact injuries are common in childhood when motor skills are still developing. Eye trauma can permanently damage vision, yet it’s easily preventable with protective eyewear.

You can help protect your child’s vision until they’re old enough to do so themselves. Use these tips to give your child the best odds of a lifetime of good vision.

Back to School! Is Your Child’s Vision Ready?

Good vision is important at every stage in life, but it is especially important that your child see well in school. Vision problems can adversely affect your child’s achievement in school, during sports and play, and even in social situations. Clear vision also helps your child stay safe. Children need certain vision skills to get the most out of school, and a vision screening can help ensure that your child has good vision.

About 20 percent of children have refractive errors, a type of eye problem that causes blurry vision because the eye does not focus light correctly. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are common refractive errors. Nearsightedness means your child cannot clearly see faraway objects, while farsightedness means your child cannot see close up items, such as words on a page. Astigmatism causes blurry vision close up and far away so your child has trouble seeing at all distances.

Poor Vision Causes Problems In and Out of the Classroom

These conditions can prevent your child from seeing the chalkboard or computer screens well, which can prevent your child from learning all he or she can during class. Poor vision can cause poor eye-hand coordination and interfere with playground and sports activities – it is hard to catch a blurry ball or jump over a hurdle you cannot see! Even simple tasks, such as learning how to tie shoes or match socks, are more difficult with vision problems.

Vision problems can also affect a child’s social life. Poor vision can cause a child to miss visual cues, such as the facial expressions of others, during conversations. Inability to focus or see clearly can cause a child to squint, tilt his or her head to the side, or even invade another child’s personal space. These behaviors, in addition to poor performance in the classroom and during play, can lead to teasing, bullying, or being picked last for team activities. Having both poor vision and social problems at school can lead to low self-esteem, withdrawal and behavioral issues.

Poor vision can also lead to problems at home during the school year. Untreated vision problems can contribute to stress throughout the household because homework can take longer than it should and parents can become frustrated when the child “acts out” or lags behind.

Because vision problems often cause subtle symptoms, many parents do not realize their child has trouble seeing. The best way to make sure your child’s vision is ready for school, make an appointment with Lifetime Vision Center. Our team of skilled professionals aims to give every child we see the healthy vision they need for success in and out of the classroom.

Importance of Pediatric Eye Exams – Why Your Child Needs Them

Recently, our own Dr. Jeff Yunker was interviewed by KNOX Radio 1310. He discussed the importance of pediatric eye exams and why your child needs them. Here are some highlights of the show.

Staggering Statistics of Child Vision Needs

“Vision is an instrumental process in how a child develops,” said Dr. Yunker. “About one in five kids age 12 to 17 have difficulty seeing across the room.” This statistic is increasing with the proliferation of devices and the amount of time kids spend staring at screens. This actually increases nearsightedness, making it harder to see across the classroom. “Two thirds of kids under age six have never had an eye checkup or eye exam,” continued Dr. Yunker. “And 3 to 5% of kids have an undiagnosed lazy eye.”

What is a Lazy Eye?

Basically, a lazy eye is a condition where the two eyes aren’t working together. It creates a kind of monocular function that affects the occipital cortex of the brain. Left untreated, this condition becomes permanent, and there’s nothing anyone can do to change it. It can be compared to pouring concrete, says, Dr. Yunker. “Concrete hardens up and you’re not going to change the shape and what happens by age seven is, developmentally the brain that transduces an electrical impulse that’s sent to the back of your eyes so your brain can interpret what you’re seeing, those cells are like poured concrete.”

Why Your Child Needs Professional Eye Exams

School eyesight screenings help, but they can miss up to 75% of learning related vision problems. It’s so important to get kids in as soon as they start school to have a professional eye exam. Doing so can help avoid falling grades and even subsequent behavioral problems. “75% of juvenile offenders had undiagnosed vision problems,” Dr. Yunker said. If those kids hadn’t experienced vision problems in school and had failing grades, maybe they wouldn’t have turned to negative behaviors.

If you have a school-aged child, please book an appointment now. Chances are your insurance will pay for preventative eye appointments. For help with your appointment or payment options, please contact us today.