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What are symptoms of vision problems in children?

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You should see your primary health care provider for any of these symptoms of vision problems:

  • Redness or swelling in the eye
  • Lots of tearing or blinking
  • Poor eye alignment
  • Frequent rubbing of one or both eyes
  • Frequent closing or covering of one eye
  • Extreme sensitivity to light
  • Trouble tracking an object in range of vision
  • Tilting the head when trying to focus
  • Eyes that appear asymmetric or that show white reflections in photos

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control web site: "Vision Impairment." American Academy of Ophthalmology web site, "Children's Eye Health and Safety" and "How Often Should I Have My Child's Eyes Screened?" National Information Center on Children and Youth With Disabilities web site, "Vision Impairments." American Foundation for the Blind web site, "Your Rights as Parents." American Federation for the Blind web site, "How Babies Learn," "Setting Limits and Building Confidence," "Education: What Families Need to Know," and "Living With Vision Loss." Prevent Blindness America web site, "Signs of Possible Eye Problems in Children," and "Guidelines for Children's Vision Health." Nemours Foundation web site, "Your Child's Vision." Blind Babies Foundation web site, "Unique Needs of Children With Visual Impairments" and "Pediatric Visual Diagnosis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on March 12, 2018

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control web site: "Vision Impairment." American Academy of Ophthalmology web site, "Children's Eye Health and Safety" and "How Often Should I Have My Child's Eyes Screened?" National Information Center on Children and Youth With Disabilities web site, "Vision Impairments." American Foundation for the Blind web site, "Your Rights as Parents." American Federation for the Blind web site, "How Babies Learn," "Setting Limits and Building Confidence," "Education: What Families Need to Know," and "Living With Vision Loss." Prevent Blindness America web site, "Signs of Possible Eye Problems in Children," and "Guidelines for Children's Vision Health." Nemours Foundation web site, "Your Child's Vision." Blind Babies Foundation web site, "Unique Needs of Children With Visual Impairments" and "Pediatric Visual Diagnosis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on March 12, 2018

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