Eye Health for Kids

Children need to see well to learn well, but a child who is not seeing well generally does not realize it. If you observe any of these symptoms in your child, the Center for Vision Loss urges you to make an appointment with an eye doctor as soon as possible:

1. Tends to rub their eyes
2. Complains of headaches or dizziness
3. Shuts or covers one eye while reading
4. Turns or tilts their head to use one eye only
5. Squints, frowns or blinks more than usual
6. Uses a finger to maintain their place while reading
7. Loses their place while reading
8. Omits or confuses small words while reading
9. Holds reading materials close to eyes
10. Performs below potential
11. Becomes irritable when doing close work
12. Avoids close work
13. Stumbles over small objects when walking or playing

Infants and toddlers (birth to 24 months) should have their first eye examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist by age 6 months. A pre-school child (2 to 5 years) should have a vision exam at age 3 and before entering elementary school. A school age child (6 to 19 years) should have an eye exam annually.

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