If your child shows one or more of these signs, you should have your child seen by an eye doctor as soon as possible.
Behavioral signs include the following:
Rubs eye excessively
Shuts or covers one eye
Tilts head or thrusts head forward
Has difficulty reading, holds objects close to eyes
Blinks more than usual or is irritable when doing close-up work
Squints eyelids together or frowns
Signs in appearance may include:
Red rimmed, encrusted, or swollen eyelids
Inflamed or watery eyes
Recurring styes (infections) on eyelids
Common complaints may include:
Eyes itch, burn or feel scratchy
Cannot see well
Dizziness, headaches, or nausea following close-up work
Blurred or double vision
A professional eye examination for every child, including those who not display any signs of eye trouble, is recommended shortly after birth at 6 months of age, before entering school (age 4 or 5) and periodically throughout the school years.
Regular eye exams are important since some eye problems have signs or symptoms.