Common Signs of Child Vision Problems

girl receiving eye examHave you noticed any physical changes in your child’s eyes? Is your child constantly rubbing their eyes or complaining about feeling dizzy or not being able to see well? If you have heard these complaints from your child they may be experiencing signs of vision problems. Children are the most at risk for vision problems because their eyes are not fully developed. For this reason eye exams are critical in your child’s early years since early detection of vision problems can prevent permanent vision loss. If you think your child is experiencing vision problems look for these common signs…

How you child’s eyes look:

  • eyes don’t line up, one eye appears crossed or looks out!
  • eyelids are red-rimmed, crusted or swollen
  • eyes are watery or red (inflamed)

What your child does:

  • rubs eyes a lot
  • closes or covers one eye
  • tilts head or thrusts head forward
  • has trouble reading or doing other close-up work, or holds objects close to eyes to see
  • blinks more than usual or seems cranky when doing close-up work
  • things are blurry or hard to see
  • squints eyes or frowns

What you child says:

  • “My eyes are itchy,” “my eyes are burning” or “my eyes feel scratchy.”I can’t see very well.”
  • After doing close-up work, your child says “I feel dizzy,” “I have a headache” or “I feel sick/nauseous.”
  • Everything looks blurry,” or “I see double.”

Information from Star Pupils

If you suspect that your child has a vision problem immediately schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.