• Is it safe to get my daughter non-prescription reading glasses?


    Question:

    Is it safe to get my daughter non-prescription reading glasses? She has been to the eye doctor and they doctor said she will need reading glass soon but won't write a prescription out for her right now.


    Answer:

    Many children's eyes will naturally grow in a direction where there is less need for near vision correction, so reading glasses may prove to be unnecessary. However, sometimes it is appropriate for a child to have reading glasses. This is typically used for children with accommodative insufficiency (when eyes have trouble focusing for near vision) or accommodative esotropia (when eyes cross inward while focusing for near vision). If you prefer to seek a second opinion, see a pediatric ophthalmologist for an assessment of your child's vision, if you haven't done so already.