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How do I tell whether my toddler has a vision problem?

When your child is a toddler, they’re still too young to realise, or to tell you, that they are having trouble seeing properly. As a parent, it’s your job to watch for the signs, and if you notice any, speak to your doctor. Things to watch for include:

Squinting often
Holding books very close when looking at the pictures.
Eye rubbing, even when he or she is not tired.
Tilting his or her head to see better.
Closing one eye in order to see better.
May have very teary eyes, quite frequently.
Is or seems very sensitive to light.
Looks visibly cross-eyed.
Avoids either close vision activities like drawing, or distance vision activities like looking at birds or clouds.
Is clumsier than other children.
Has a white or other coloured spot on his or her eyes in photographs.
Has a droopy eyelid.
Has any kind of material, either pus or any other matter in one or the other eye.
Has eyes that bulge, or complains of eye pain.
All of these signs could indicate a vision problem, and if you notice one or more, it’s best to take your child to a doctor, who can test your child’s eyes, or refer you to a specialist.

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