Whether you’re a new parent or have had a few kids, all parents are on the lookout for health issues in their children. But one issue that can be difficult to catch is a vision problem.

Nearly 1 in 4 children have vision problems that cause negative side effects in behavior and learning. Issues with eye health that are found early have a better chance of positive treatment, so be sure to visit your doctor for regular check ups.

If you are unsure of what to look for in normal eye health, let us break it down for you:

Babies older than three months: By this time, it’s normal behavior for your child to follow or track  an object, like a toy or ball for example. If you notice that your baby is having trouble making steady eye contact with the object, it’s time to make a call to your doctor.

Before four months: Before the four month mark, it’s common for your child’s eyes to look misaligned. However, if you notice that their eyes are crossing outward or inward, this is usually abnormal.

All Children: Please call your doctor if your child experiences any of these symptoms, no matter the age.

  • Misaligned eyes (crossed, turn outward, don’t focus, etc.)
  • White or grayish-white looking color displayed in the pupil
  • Eyes that flutter quickly
  • Eye pain, itchiness or discomfort
  • Redness that is present for more than a few days
  • Pus or crust that is visible in either eye
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Eyes that are overly sensitive to light

We hope these tips were helpful. If you have any other tips you’d like to share, please let us know in the comments!