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Signs Your Kids Might Have Vision Problems

Our Fair Oaks Optometrist Shares Signs Your Kids Might Have Vision Problems

It can be easy for minor signs of childhood vision problems to go unnoticed, especially in young kids. Children usually don't complain of vision issues, either, because don't know that the way they see the world is abnormal. However, here at Swan Family Optometry in Fair Oaks, we want to share a few common signs of childhood vision problems so that you can keep an eye out for them.

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Signs of Common Childhood Vision Issues

Childhood vision problems may involve infections and allergies, neurological abnormalities, or issues like near- and farsightedness. While these can all share some common symptoms, each type of issue has some that are more common than others:

  • Infections and allergies tend to involve itchy, red, watery, potentially painful eyes that may produce pus, become crusty, or cause the child to become sensitive to light. If you see any of these signs, bring your child to the optometrist right away in case they need antibiotics or other treatment.
  • Neurological (brain) vision issues include conditions like amblyopia, where the brain receives signals preferentially from one eye over the other. Symptoms can include eyes that do not focus together and eyes that appear crossed or misaligned. Unless these are new symptoms, this is not as urgent as infections but should still be dealt with sooner rather than later.
  • Refractive errors include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. These are caused by the shape of the lens of the eye, and some common symptoms are squinting, preferring to view objects from abnormally close or far away, and difficulty recognizing familiar objects or reading at certain distances. If you have any doubts about your child's visual abilities, schedule an eye exam today.

When to Visit the Optometrist

If you are uncertain whether or not your child needs to see the optometrist, it is better to err on the side of caution and bring them in. Here at Swan Family Optometry, we offer vision screenings and eye health assessments for children of all ages in the Fair Oaks area. To make an appointment, call us at 916-966-6080.

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