All children should have their eyes checked by an Optometrist.
Red Flags Vision Checklist
It is important to monitor your child’s visual development, since early identification of a problem can sometimes eliminate or decrease the risk of long-term complications.
If you notice that your child has any of the following symptoms, talk to you doctor immediately:
- Swollen or encrusted eyelids
- Bumps, sores or styes on or around
- The eyelids
- Drooping eyelids
- Does not make eye contact with you by three months of age
- Does not watch or follow an object with the eyes by three months
- Haziness or whitish appearance inside the pupil
- Frequent “wiggling,” “drifting,” or “jerky” eye movements misalignment between the eyes (eye turns or crossing of eyes)
- Lack of coordinated eye movements
- Drifting of one eye when looking at objects
- Turning or tilting of the head when looking at objects
- Squinting, closing or covering of one eye when looking at objects
- Excessive tearing when not crying
- Excessive blinking or squinting
- Excessive rubbing or touching of the eyes
- Avoidance of or sensitivity to bright lights
If in doubt, check it out!
From the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services’ brochure: “Blind-Low Vision Early Intervention Program.” Published in July 2007.