Spotting Problems With Your Child’s Vision

Children and vision problems never have to mix. In fact, 95-percent of all eye issues can be fixed with early detection. That's why doctors check for this sort of thing before your baby leaves the hospital. But that doesn't mean more problems can't pop up later in life… Robyn Haines tells us how to spot them. 6-year old Amy Linder wears an eye patch over her stronger eye for two hours each day to help improve her weaker one. Mom noticed Amy’s eye was wandering two years ago, and doctors confirmed 20/80 vision in that eye. Children need a vision check at birth, with another at 3 and 6 months, 3 to 4 years and at 5 years. Pediatric ophthalmologist Stuart Dankner says problems like lazy eye may be cured if caught early. And the key to early treatment is recognizing warning signs. In children up to one year old, look for an inability to visually track objects, like toys. In preschoolers, misaligned eyes can signal trouble. At any age, droopy eyelids, eyes that flutter quickly and those sensitive to light could mean vision trouble. 10-month old Penelope had a blocked tear duct and showed signs of eye crossing. Turns out her eyes only appeared crossed due to a wide nasal bridge – common in babies. If you're a parent and have a family history of vision problems – tell your pediatrician. Dr. Dankner says premature infants have a higher risk of developing lazy eye.