By Michael Walach – Bio
Vision problems with children can be broken into three types – mild, serious, and very serious. Here are the visible symptoms for each type.
Mild Problems: If you notice any of the symptoms below, you should mention it to your doctor on your next visit.
- Head tilted – may be an indication that the child is avoiding double vision
- Pupil defect – if part of the iris is missing, it may be an outward sign of a defect of the inside of the eye
- Unequal pupils – may be a sign of nerve damage or tumor which is visible in one eye
Serious Problems: If you notice any of the symptoms below, you should talk to your doctor within a few days.
- Tearing, discharge or redness – a sign of infection or tear duct blockage
- Eye turns inward or outward – could lead to loss of vision
- Dancing eyes – (eyes move back and forth constantly) a sign of disease of the nervous system anywhere between the eyes and brain
Very Serious Problems: If you notice any of the symptoms below, you should talk to your doctor immediately.
- White pupil – this may indicate cataract, tumor inflammation or detached retina
- Lump, swelling or drooping of lid – may be an inflammation which is an emergency if it happens suddenly and the lid is red and hot. May indicate muscle weakness or tumor causing blockage of vision.
- Large cornea in one or both eyes – a sign of glaucoma in both the newborn and infant, especially when the child’s eye waters and avoid light
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