SIGHT DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN

Our sight develops rapidly during the first year of life.
Learn more about eye development in babies,
toddlers and young children.

SUPPORTING
EARLY DEVELOPMENT

Parents can support visual development with plenty of eye contact, by using toys of contrasting colours, having mobiles over the cot and checking that their eyes follow a moving toy accurately. An eye examination should be done at six months – sooner if there are signs of problems, or if there is a family history of eye conditions.
 

WHAT TO
LOOK FOR

Toddlers are too young to understand or communicate a vision problem.

Signs to look out for include:

  • Eyes not moving in unison
  • Avoiding bright lights
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Nausea or loss of appetite
  • Frequently bumping into objects
  • Squinting or turning the head on an angle
  • Eye-rubbing
  • Sitting too close to the TV

ALL ABOUT CHILDREN’S VISION

Did you know that 80% of all your child’s learning happens through the eyes? Learn more today

ALL ABOUT CHILDREN’S VISION

Did you know that 80% of all your child’s learning happens through the eyes? Learn more today

EYE CONDITIONS
IN TODDLERS

As children grow and become more active, eye conditions are more likely to occur.
Common problems among toddlers include the following:

SHORT-SIGHTEDNESS (MYOPIA)

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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LONG-SIGHTEDNESS (HYPEROPIA)

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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LAZY EYE (AMBLYOPIA)

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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CROSS EYES (STRABISMUS)

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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ASTIGMATISM

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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