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How do I know if my child has a vision problem?

If you notice any of the following symptoms, no matter how old your child is, see your pediatrician so he or she can do an exam, says the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • eyes that look crossed, turn out or don’t focus together
  • white, grayish-white or yellow-colored material in the pupil
  • eyes that flutter quickly from side to side or up and down
  • bulging eye(s)
  • persistent complaints of eye pain, itching or discomfort
  • redness in either eye that doesn’t go away in a few days
  • pus or crust in either eye
  • eyes that are always watery
  • drooping eyelid(s)
  • excessive rubbing or squinting of the eyes
  • eyes that are always sensitive to light
  • any change in the eyes from how they usually look


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