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sight issues

Children can’t always tell if they have
a problem with their eyes.
Here are some common issues and
signs for parents to look out for.


Sign Of An
Eye Problem

Children might not know how to tell you they have an issue with their eyes – and may not even realise themselves. But you might be able to tell something isn’t right through their behaviour. They might hold objects close to their eyes, or sit too near the television. Maybe they constantly rub their eyes, complain about headaches or suffer from crusty eyes.


If your child is struggling to see the board at school, or sits very close to the television, then it is likely that they are finding it difficult to focus on objects at a distance.

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Your child will struggle to focus on objects that are close up. Your child will probably complain of headaches and eye fatigue as they strain to see.

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If your child has a squint or a droopy eyelid then they could have 'lazy eye.' Regular eye examinations will ensure early diagnosis and suitable course of treatment.

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Known as 'cross eyes', one eye looks straight ahead, and the other looks away. If spotted early, wearing a patch for a period of time will help to correct the problem.

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If your child is confused when reading numbers or letters, they could have astigmatism. Conduct some simple reading aloud exercises at home to test their vision.

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If your child has redness around the eyes, streaming tears, swollen eyelids, or wakes up with a yellow crust on their eyelashes, it could be conjunctivitis.

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