Why Kids Squint: A Simple Guide to Healthy Vision

Jan 4, 2024 | Children's Eye Care

Why Kids Squint: A Simple Guide to Healthy Vision

Jan 4, 2024 | Children's Eye Care

Why Do Kids Squint? 

Ever wondered why some children squint their eyes? It’s simple—they try to see better when things look blurry. Sometimes, squinting happens because of vision problems like nearsightedness or farsightedness. However, when this occurs, the image doesn’t fall right on the retina, making it hard to see. So, kids partially close their eyes to change the shape of their eyes which helps to focus the image on the retina and see things more clearly. 

Other Reasons for Squinting 

But what if your child is squinting and there are no obvious signs of vision problems or squinting isn’t a regular habit? In some cases, an involuntary spasm called facial tics might be the cause. Although rare, facial tics involve sudden muscle spasms in the face, making it seem like the child is squinting. Watch out for signs like nose scrunching, raised eyebrows, excessive blinking, or twitching, both while awake or asleep, and talk to an eye doctor if you notice these. 

Signs Your Child Is Struggling with Their Sight 

It’s not always easy to tell if your kid is having trouble with their eyesight. Vision problems might not show up until they’re a bit older. Look out for signs like one or both eyes not aligning properly, tilting their head to see better, rubbing their eyes often, trouble concentrating, sitting too close to the TV, holding books and devices very close, watery eyes, sensitivity to light, complaining about eye pain or headaches, or being clumsy. 

Squinting Can Be Corrected 

Whether your child squints on purpose or because of a vision problem, there are ways to fix it. If it’s due to facial tics, sometimes it can get better on its own. But if your child is struggling a lot, it’s a good idea to see an eye doctor. 

Eye Exams Are Crucial 

Having regular eye exams is super important for kids. Although getting eye exams every year or when needed is vital, some parents are not aware of that fact. If you can, schedule an appointment with an eye doctor. It can help you figure out why your child is squinting and catch and manage vision problems early on. 


Learning why your child squints, looking for signs of potential issues, and making sure they get regular eye exams are key to keeping their vision and overall health in check. Starting early can make a big difference in your child’s life. 

Set up an eye doctor appointment now to make sure your child’s vision journey is clear and bright.