Prevent Blindness has declared August the month of Children’s Eye Health and Safety. Because young children and their parents may not be aware of reduced visual functioning, routine vision screening and/or eye examinations are vitally important to detect problems before the child’s development is compromised. Any possible problem identified by vision screening must be followed up with a comprehensive eye examination. Together, vision screening and eye examinations are complementary and essential elements of a strong public health approach to vision and eye health.
- Identifies children who may be at high risk for eye disease or in need of a professional eye examination
- Helps detect the possible presence of disorders at an early stage when treatment is more likely to be effective
- Provides valuable information and education about eye health
- Results in a referral to an eye care professional or primary care provider when screening tests indicate a need for diagnosis and treatment
What Do Your Child’s Eyes Look Like?
- Eyes don’t line up, one eye appears crossed or looks out!
- Eyelids are red-rimmed, crusted or swollen
- Eyes are watery or red (inflamed)
- Rubs eyes a lot
- Closes or covers one eye
- Tilts head or thrusts head forward
- Has trouble reading or doing other close-up work, or holds objects close to eyes to see
- Blinks more than usual or seems cranky when doing close-up work
- Things are blurry or hard to see
- Squints eyes or frowns
What Does Your Child Say?
- “My eyes are itchy,” “my eyes are burning” or “my eyes feel scratchy. “I can’t see very well.”
- After doing close-up work, your child says “I feel dizzy,” “I have a headache” or “I feel sick/nauseous.”
- “Everything looks blurry,” or “I see double.”
Remember, your child may still have an eye problem even if he or she does not complain or has not shown any unusual signs.