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The window to health

Vision problems affect 1 in 4 children. Regular eye exams can help your child's eye doctor find vision problems early, and they may uncover other hidden health problems, too.

Common eye problems in children

Children are at risk of:

Signs and symptoms of eye problems

Look for these common warning signs of vision problems:

  • squinting, closing, or covering one eye
  • holding a book close to his or her face
  • losing his or her place while reading
  • extreme clumsiness
  • using a finger while reading
  • tilting the head to one side
  • short attention span or often daydreaming
  • rubbing eyes repeatedly

Get more tips for spotting eye problems.

Eye exams, eyeglasses, and contact lenses

To find your local Ophthalmology and Optometry departments, use our doctor and location search. Some areas also have Optical Centers, where you can buy eyeglasses and contact lenses.

Source: Eye Health Fact Sheet, Kaiser Permanente Georgia

Reviewed by: Robert Riewerts, MD, 2018

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