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What are the symptoms of eye conditions in children?

Young children often don't notice if they have a vision problem so you will need to be vigilant and know the tell tale signs to watch out for.
 
You should contact his doctor or ophthalmologist if you notice that he exhibits any of the following symptoms:
 
  • needs you to hold the book closer when you read to him
  • squints often
  • tilts his head to see better (when he is looking at the television or at a picture book)
  • rubs his eyes when he’s not sleepy
  • seems to tear excessively
  • closes his eyes to see better
  • avoids close, near vision activity, like colouring
  • avoids distance vision activities like watching birds, playing football
  • seems overly sensitive to light
  • his eyes seem to cross or his eyes don’t work in unison
  • redness in his eyes that doesn’t seem to go away (might be accompanied by pain or sensitivity to light)
  • seems particularly clumsy
  • has an eyelid that seems to droop, or is never fully open
  • has bulging eyes
  • has pus or crust in either eye
  • he displays any other change in the normal appearance of his eyes
  • complains of eye pain or seems distressed
 
Your child’s doctor or ophthalmologist will be able to determine if there is a cause to be concerned. He will be able to examine your child’s eyes and check his vision.

More questions

Children's eyes are sensitive so it is vital to protect them from the sun's harmful rays.
Your young child can have their eyes tested even if they can't read
Regular eye exams are essential in order to monitor your child's eyesight.
There are some signs to watch out for if you think your child may have a vision problem. 
Should your child get any kind of chemical in her eye you should treat it as an emergency and bring her to the hospital immediately.
You should take your child to their G.P. or to the hospital if you notice any of these symptoms. 
You should seek immediate medical attention if an object seems to be imbedded in your child's eye. 
If your child appears to have something in his eye you should seek immediate medical attention if it is imbedded in the eye. 
As your baby learns to crawl and begins to explore her surroundings you will need to child proof your house to prevent eye injuries.
Babies and young children are always getting up to all sorts of mischief and eye injuries are quite common. It is important to always consult with your G.P. should any eye injuries occur. 

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