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Spotting children’s eye problems

Signs that a child may have vision problems include:

  • constant eye rubbing
  • extreme light sensitivity
  • poor focusing
  • poor visual tracking (following an object)
  • abnormal alignment or movement of the eyes (after 6 months of age)
  • chronic redness of the eyes
  • chronic tearing of the eyes
  • a white pupil instead of black


In school-age children, watch for other signs such as:

  • inability to see objects at a distance
  • inability to read the blackboard
  • squinting
  • difficulty reading
  • sitting too close to the TV
  • Watch your child for evidence of poor vision or crossed eyes. If you notice any eye problems, book to have your child’s eyes tested immediately so that the problem doesn’t become permanent. If caught early, eye conditions in children often can be corrected.