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Vision Problems (Child)

Vision Problems (Child)

A child with a vision problem may complain about not seeing objects clearly. He or she may have trouble reading books or seeing the front of a classroom. Other symptoms include squinting, rubbing the eyes, dizziness, or headaches.

A common cause of vision problems in children is the need for glasses to see clearly. Strabismus (eyes out of alignment) is another common cause in children.

Your child may undergo tests to determine the cause of the blurred vision. Treatment depends on the cause. Some children require eyeglasses. Others need to wear an eyepatch or be taught how to do eye exercises. To prevent further vision problems, it is best that appropriate treatment is started as early as possible.

Home Care:

  1. Tell the doctor if there is a family history of eye problems.

  2. Note whether your child is able to focus when reading or doing other close-up work.

  3. Encourage a child who must wear an eyepatch to not play with the patch.  Have the child wear the patch as instructed.

  4. Help your child do eye exercises, if they are recommended by the doctor.

  5. Consult with your doctor if you have any questions concerning your child’s vision.

  6. Your child will likely be referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist or an eye specialist trained to work with children.

Follow Up

as advised by the doctor or our staff.

Special Notes To Parents:

A child’s eyes should be examined at checkups and before the child starts school to look for current vision issues or for conditions that can cause problems later in life.

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occur:

  • Signs of vision problem including difficulty reading, squinting, or rubbing the eyes

  • Vision problem seems to get worse

 


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