May is Healthy Vision Month!
Parents and guardians have ongoing opportunities to monitor and protect their children’s vision and eye health. One way to promote vision and eye health is to ensure children attend appointments with their healthcare providers and/or vision specialists both routinely and when there are concerns. This is important because monitoring vision and eye health can promote early care, optimizing a child’s vision. Some vision conditions such as amblyopia, commonly called lazy eye, can be treated effectively if caught early.
Another strategy for parents/guardians is to learn some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate a child has an eye or vision problem that should be assessed by their child’s doctor or a vision specialist. If you detect any of the signs or symptoms listed in the table* below, if your child sustains an injury or infection to the eye, or you have concerns about your child’s eyes or vision, contact your child’s healthcare provider right away for advice and appointment, if needed.
- Eye turns in or out at any time
- Pupils/eyes appear to be different sizes
- Red eyes and/or swollen eyelids
- Excessive tearing
- Droopy eyelids
- Discharge from the eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Excessive Blinking
- Squints, closes, or covers one eye
- Squints to see board or far away
- Frequent headaches
- Abnormal head posture or head tilt
- Double vision
- Blurry vision
- Hazy vision
- Difficulty seeing small print
- Eye pain