Does Your Child Really Need Bifocal Glasses?
Does your child experience any difficulties when reading? Do the words become blurry or doubled? Does your child find it challenging to clearly see objects at various distances? If so, they may need bifocals.
While most people think of bifocals as reading glasses for people over 40 who become farsighted as they age, children may also require bifocals for reading and schoolwork.
What Are Bifocal Glasses?
Bifocal glasses, or simply bifocals, contain two distinct vision prescriptions: the bottom of the lens corrects near vision, while the top of the lens corrects distance vision.
Why Was My Child Prescribed Bifocals?
Bifocals are a great option for anyone who has any difficulty seeing both near and far or who struggles with visual problems, such as eye turns. Children are naturally far-sighted, so sometimes the eye crossing is due to poorly seeing things up close.
Bifocal lenses can help a child better focus in school and may alleviate eye strain, headaches, blurred vision, and fatigue.
Children may need bifocals for the following reasons:
- Inability to change focus quickly from one distance to another, which is a necessary skill when copying notes from a classroom board to a notebook, for example.
- Inadequate focusing power. In conditions such as lazy eye or eye turns, some children cannot attain close focus at all. As this problem progresses, the brain may eventually stop using the weaker eye.
- Over-focusing problems—when the eyes work too hard—can cause additional stress on the eyes. This can lead to headaches, eye strain, and even eye turns, resulting in double vision.
These days, one of the significant advantages of bifocals is that they’re available as progressive lenses specifically designed for children to wear. These lenses are free of the telltale line demarcating where one prescription ends and the other begins—so the lenses look like single-vision lenses.
Bifocals and Vision Therapy
If your child’s focusing problem is harming their school performance, or if they have multiple vision problems, your eye doctor might recommend a vision therapy program in conjunction with bifocal lenses. Vision therapy is a customized program that helps children strengthen their visual skills by improving the communication between their eyes and brain. Vision therapy is an evidence-based program and can be critical to resolving any underlying visual problems affecting your child.
At VUE³ Vision Therapy Center we will examine your child’s eyes to assess which bifocal lenses and/or vision therapy program is most suitable for your child.
VUE³ Vision Therapy Center serves patients from Guelph, North York, Kitchener, and York, all throughout Ontario.