Children's Vision Problems

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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.

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

Appears clumsy and fails to notice new things around him or her.

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

Rubs 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 irregular movements.

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

Has eyes that look mismatched or crossed or that dont move together, and

Has pupils that are not the same size or that appear white instead of black.

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