The following factors may affect your child’s eyes and may make your child more likely to develop an eye problem:

  • Your child was born prematurely
  • You have a family history of eye problems (such as childhood cataract, lazy eye, misaligned eyes or eye tumors)
  • Your child has had an eye injury (problems resulting from childhood eye injuries may develop much later in life)

If your child shows one or more of the signs below, take him or her to an eye doctor soon

What do your child’s eyes look like?

  • Eyes don’t line up, one eye appears crossed or looks out
  • Eyelids are red-rimmed, crusted or swollen
  • Eyes are watery or red (inflamed)

How does your child act?

  • Rubs eyes a lot
  • Closes or covers one eye
  • Tilts head or thrusts head forward
  • Has trouble reading or doing other close-up work or holds objects close to eyes to see
  • Blinks more than usual or seems cranky when doing close-up work
  • Things are blurry or hard to see
  • Squints eyes or frowns

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