Signs of Eye Problems in Children2
- Discomfort or itchiness
- Seeing spots in vision
- Dilated eyes/large pupils
- Spots on the white of the eye
- Blinking or rubbing
- Crust or goop in eyes
- Misaligned eyes
- Head tilting or covering one eye
In School-Age Children, Other Signs to Watch for Include…3
- Quick loss of interest in activities that require eye use
- Losing their place when reading
- Turning the head to look at something in front of them
Common Eye Problems4
- Amblyopia: Lazy eye
- Strabismus: A misalignment of the eyes causing one or both to turn in, out, up, or down
- Refractive errors: Nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
Help Protect Your Child’s Eyes5
- Schedule routine eye exams
- Encourage a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and exercise
- Purchase protective eye goggles and shields to avoid sports injuries
- Limit screen time to avoid digital eye strain
- Buy age-appropriate eyeglasses (plastic frames, shatterproof lenses, etc.). Ask an eye care professional for recommendations.
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