Careful attention to physical appearance, behavioral changes, and complaints from your child can assist in the early detection and treatment of eye disorders. Often parents, grandparents, or caregivers are the first to detect problems.
The following are possible signs and symptoms of potential eye problems. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
Eyes turn in or out and do not focus
Redness in the eyes
Swelling of the eyes
Eyes are sensitive to light
Eyes appear to bulge
Drainage from the eyes
Your child rubs eyes excessively
Your child has difficulty reading
Your child tilts head to see
Your child has difficulty in performing "close up" tasks
"Jiggly" or dancing eyes
Abnormal-sized eyes (too large or too small)
The symptoms of eye problems may resemble other medical conditions. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.