Visual Trouble Signs

Symptoms that require immediate attention from a physician are:

▪    A white pupil

▪    Sudden swelling or drooping of a lid, accompanied by a red eye

▪    Enlarged cornea in one or both eyes

Other conditions, which are not as urgent but still require attention by a specialist, include the following:

  • One or both eyes turning in or out
  • Tearing, redness, or discharge that lasts for a number of days
  • One pupil that appears larger than the other

Parents should be attuned to signs of potential visual problems that children aged 2 to 6 may exhibit:

  • Covering one eye when looking at a book or object
  • Asking to sit closer to the blackboard at school
  • Difficulty catching a ball
  • Not wanting to look at books
  • Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
  • Losing his place while reading or using a finger to guide his eyes when reading
  • Squinting or tilting the head to see better
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Sensitivity to light and/or excessive tearing
  • Avoiding activities which require near vision, such as reading or homework, or distance vision, such as participating in sports or other recreational activities
  • Complaining of headaches or tired eyes
  • Avoiding using a computer, because it "hurts his eyes"
  • Receiving lower grades than usual

Should any of these symptoms be noticed, an appointment should be made with an eye doctor.