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.