Eye Problems in Children: Signs to Look For - Topic Overview
Parents are often the first to notice vision problems in a young
child. A vision exam may be needed if your child:
Is clumsy (beyond normal toddler clumsiness) and
fails to notice new things around him or her.
Squints when the
light is not bright or scrunches up his or her face when trying to do a
Rubs his or her eyes when the child is not tired (rubbing
eyes when tired is normal).
Squints when the light is turned on or
stares at lights.
Has excessive tearing when not
Has frequent eye infections, swollen eyelids, or frequent
Conjunctivitis (pinkeye) is a common problem in
Has eyes that seem to bulge, bounce, or dance in rapid
Often tilts the head to one side as though
trying to see better.
Often covers one eye or shuts one eye because
he or she is uncomfortable. All children will sometimes cover or close an eye
to experiment with their vision and see how the world looks with only one eye
Avoids tasks or play that requires good vision, like looking
Holds books or toys too close or sits too close to the TV
Has eyes that look mismatched or crossed or that don't move
Has pupils that are not the same size or that appear
white instead of black.