Most eye problems can be fixed if they are caught early on. It’s important to help your children immediately if they have eye problems to ensure their problems do not result in vision loss.
In order to help your children’s eyesight, start out by monitoring them for any potential signs of an eye problem.
Issues like crossed or squinted eyes, chronic headaches, frequent rubbing, or watery or red eyes are signs of eye problems. If they occur, it’s important for you to contact your child’s eye care professional.
Signs that your child’s vision may be affecting them can point to one of several common eye problems children experience.
Strabismus, which is misaligned or crossed eyes, occurs in 4 percent of children.
With this condition, one eye may look straight ahead, while the other eye looks in a different direction. Children can be born with this condition or it can develop early on. It is typically treated with surgery or glasses, but if left unchecked can lead to serious vision issues down the road.
Lazy eye, or amblyopia, affects nearly 2 percent of children. With this condition one eye is stronger than the other, leading the brain to shut off images from that eye. Treatment of lazy eye includes an eye patch over the stronger eye, glasses, or surgery. If it persists, amblyopia can lead to vision loss.
Other common issues in children are nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, or conjunctivitis (pink eye).
If your child shows the signs of any of these eye issues, contact your family eye care professional.