Eye and vision of toddler
We all know that eye is precious and toddlers rarely able to say that their eyes are bothering them. So it has to be the observation of the parents or the doctor checkup.Here are 11 checklists to know if your child is having some eye problem.
- A clear ability to see well- like not to notice or recognise objects in immediate environment or a legitimate distance
- Frequent squinting not linked to a sudden flash of bright light. Face -scrunching when trying to perform some visual task like observing something. However remember this may be due to temporary mannerism and not linked to a vision problem.(I had personal experience of this when my daughter was face-scrunching, but the eye check up clarified it was a mannerism problem.)
- Frequent eye rubbing which indicates itchy, scratchy or burning eye. ( One common problem is the stye, tough to get rid of it at once).
- Frequent starting to light even in a dimly lit room.
- Excessive tearing unrelated to cold or crying.
- Swelling, redness or crusting of eyes (except crusted shut in the morning). A sign of infection.Sometimes also swollen lid.
- Eyes that seem to “bounce” or dance in rapid rhythmic movements.
- Great effort to see better frequent tilting of the head.
- Holding books, toys or other objects to see better.( Though it sometimes fascinates a toddler to inspect a thing closely.)
- Eyes that are crossed or do not move in unison.
- With one eye finding it difficult to see; when the other eye closed with hand. Please repeat the test with both eyes as it can be a “lazy eye symptom.”