Healthy vision is critical for a child’s development and well-being. Uncorrected vision problems in children will interfere with their ability to learn, and can even affect health and wellbeing in adulthood. Early identification of an eye disease or condition is important as it is easier to correct or manage the sooner the treatment is received.
Paediatric ophthalmologists are specialists in eye conditions and visual development in children. They have the expertise to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. Children typically do not complain about vision problems; therefore, it is important for parents or guardians to look out for symptoms which may call for a visit to the paediatric ophthalmologist.
When To Seek Treatment
- If you have a family history of eye problems during childhood
- If you notice frequent eye rubbing or blinking
- If you notice head tilting or covering one eye, especially when focusing
- If your child has a constant or intermittent squint
- If your child has a small swelling on the eyelid (chalazion)
- If your child has trouble concentrating and is experiencing difficulty in reading the whiteboard or books
- If your child is complaining of blurred vision
- If your child is complaining of eye strain or headache
- If your child is experiencing itchiness or discomfort around the eyes
- If your child is holding objects close to the eyes or sitting close to the screen
- If your child is struggling with day-to-day activities
- If your child’s eye is red or watery
- If your child’s pupil(s) have an unusual or white appearance (may be noticed in photographs)