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What are the most common eye problems in children?

The most common problems in children are refractive errors, which are errors in how light is focused by the eye which results in everything looking blurry.
These errors are commonly known as: Myopia, Hyperopia and Astigmatism.
  • Myopia (short sighted), where a child can see items clearly when they are up close but the item becomes blurry in the distance
  • Hyperopia (long sighted), where a child can see items clearly in the distance but the items becomes blurry up close
  • Astigmatism, which causes blurred vision at all distances, can also be accompanied by short or long sightedness.
It is important to schedule regular and comprehensive eye exams for your child as early detection is vital. 

More questions

Children's eyes are sensitive so it is vital to protect them from the sun's harmful rays.
Your young child can have their eyes tested even if they can't read
Regular eye exams are essential in order to monitor your child's eyesight.
There are some signs to watch out for if you think your child may have a vision problem. 
Should your child get any kind of chemical in her eye you should treat it as an emergency and bring her to the hospital immediately.
You should take your child to their G.P. or to the hospital if you notice any of these symptoms. 
You should seek immediate medical attention if an object seems to be imbedded in your child's eye. 
If your child appears to have something in his eye you should seek immediate medical attention if it is imbedded in the eye. 
As your baby learns to crawl and begins to explore her surroundings you will need to child proof your house to prevent eye injuries.
Babies and young children are always getting up to all sorts of mischief and eye injuries are quite common. It is important to always consult with your G.P. should any eye injuries occur. 



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