Children's Vision Problems

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Vision problems affect one in 20 preschoolers and one in four school-age children. How can parents spot potential eye problems in their children? Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Since many vision problems begin at an early age, it is very important that children receive proper eye care. Untreated eye problems can worsen and lead to other serious problems as well as affect learning ability, personality and adjustment in school.

Parents are often the first to notice vision problems in a young child. A vision examination may be needed if your child:

Appears clumsy and fails to notice new things around him.

Squints when the light is not bright or scrunches up his face when trying to do a task.

Rubs his eyes frequently.

Has excessive tearing.

Has frequent eye infections, swollen lids or frequent styes.

Has eyes that seem to bulge, bounce or dance in rapid regular movements.

Often covers or shuts one eye.

Holds books or toys too close or sits too close to the TV screen.

Has eyes that look mismatched or crossed or that don't move together, and

Has pupils that are not the same size.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.