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Is Your Child Likely to Inherit Your Need for Glasses?

Sep 20, 2022 | Children's Eye Care

Do you need glasses? If so, you’re not alone. According to a 2018 study, over 3.5 billion people worldwide require corrective lenses. If you have children, you may be wondering if they’ll need glasses, too. After all, many vision problems are hereditary. Here’s what you need to know about the likelihood of your child inheriting your need for glasses. 

Glasses and Genetics 

It’s no secret that genetics play a role in vision problems. While poor vision can be caused by many different things, some eye conditions are passed down from parents to children. Common inherited eye conditions include myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. If you have any of these conditions, there is a chance that your child could inherit them as well. 

If one or both of your parents needed glasses, it’s more likely that you’ll need them, too. The same is true for your children.  

However, just because vision problems are hereditary doesn’t mean that your child is guaranteed to need glasses if you do. There are many other factors that can influence whether someone needs corrective lenses. For example, age is a significant factor; many children don’t need glasses until they reach school age.  

What You Can Do  

There are some things you can do to help your child’s vision.  

First, watch for signs of vision problems in your child. They aren’t always able to let you know they have a vision problem. There are a few key signs that may indicate that your child needs glasses. If they sit too close to the television or hold books and other objects close to their face, it may be an indication that they’re having trouble seeing clearly. Another sign is if they squint or rub their eyes frequently. If you notice any of these things, it’s a good idea to bring your child in for a comprehensive eye exam

Next, make sure you’re encouraging healthy habits! Encourage your child to eat healthy foods and take breaks when they are using screens. 

Finally, make sure your child sees an eye doctor regularly so that any problems can be caught early. They will be able to give your child a comprehensive eye exam and determine whether they need glasses. Remember, it’s always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to your child’s vision!