Careful attention to your child’s physical appearance, behavioral changes, and complaints can help to find and treat eye disorders early. Often parents, grandparents, or caregivers are the first to notice problems.
Below are symptoms of possible eye problems. But each child’s symptoms may vary. Symptoms may include:
Blurred or double vision
Eyes turn in or out and don’t focus
Eyes are red and or swollen
Eyes are sensitive to light
Eyes seem to bulge
Drainage or excessive tearing from the eyes
Your child rubs their eyes a lot
Your child has trouble reading or holds reading material close to the face
Your child tilts their head to see
Your child has trouble or avoids doing "close-up" tasks
"Jiggly" or dancing eyes
Eyes that are too large or too small
Short attention span
The symptoms of eye problems may look like other health conditions. Always talk with your child's healthcare provider for a diagnosis.