Children may need glasses for several reasons. While they may need glasses for some of the same reasons as adults, children also have unique reasons for needing glasses. Because a young child's vision system is developing, especially during the first 6 to 7 years of life, glasses may play an important role in helping to assure proper development of their vision system. Children may need glasses to correct near-sightedness, far-sighted and/or astigmatism to see their best, just like adults. The glasses correction in children typically changes with age requiring yearly or occasionally more frequent changes in glasses prescription. The glasses prescription often stabilizes some time during the teenage years. Glasses may also be indicated for children with strabismus, which is a condition in which the eyes are crossed or misaligned. Children who are significantly far-sighted often develop inward crossing of their eyes, which comes from "over-focusing" when not wearing glasses. Glasses correction often results in control of the eye crossing in this situation. Many of these children become less dependent on glasses with age and some completely outgrow the glasses by their teenage years. Glasses are also frequently indicated for the treatment of amblyopia or lazy vision. Amblyopia may result when one eye is out of focus, causing the brain to turn off the vision development in this eye. Giving the brain a clearly focused image with glasses is the first step to correcting this condition. Sometimes glasses alone will fully correct an eye with lazy vision but many children also require patching of their good eye or the use of a dilating eye drop in their good eye to make the lazy eye develop the best possible vision. Safety glasses may also be indicated for children who have only one "good eye". Many children have conditions that cause a permanent loss of vision in one eye making it especially important to protect them from injuring their good eye. These are a few of the main reasons why children need glasses and good eye care. For more information on your child's condition, please feel free to contact us.