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3 Signs Your Child Has a Vision Problem

We know you keep a close eye on your children's growth and development. But do you know how to tell if your child is having problems with their eyesight? We've done the research for you, so you know just what to look for and when.

Your child's vision is as critical to their development as their overall health and wellness. In order to read and learn effectively in school, children need to have visual acuity, eye focusing, eye tracking, eye teaming, visual perception and hand-eye coordination, according to the American Optometric Association.

Our researchers have compiled three things to look out for as your child develops. If your little one shows any of these red flags, make an appointment with an eye doctor right away. The doctor will provide you with a diagnosis and a treatment plan to keep your child’s vision healthy.

1.Eye irritation

Does your child rub their eyes a lot? Are their eyes are constantly red? Do their eyes water or tear up a lot? A pediatric eye doctor can diagnose the issue and prescribe treatment.

2. Eye Sensitivity

Does your child squint or close their eyes when outside in sunlight or indoors among bright lights? This is another warning sign. Make an appointment with the ophthalmologist right away.

3. Abnormalities

A variety of vision abnormalities may manifest as one or several of these symptoms:

  • Your child can’t focus or see close-up objects clearly (for example, they have trouble reading, sit too close to the TV, or hold a tablet very close to their face)

  • Your child can’t focus or see objects that are far away (for example, they can’t see the Smartboard at school)

  • They have trouble tracking a moving object

  • After 6 months of age, their eyes seem out of alignment

If you notice any of these tell-tale signs, schedule an appointment for your child with a pediatric eye doctor as soon as possible. Eye problems that are caught early and diagnosed can be easily managed and oftentimes corrected. Through treatment and other preventive measures, you can often heal existing problems and avert future vision health issues.

And be sure you are covered with the best possible insurance for your child and your family. We know this business inside and out and we’ve got your back. We’ve done the research and are here to help with any questions. Chat with one of our teammates, call us at 888-890-1944 or e-mail us at We’re glad to assist anytime.

Of note: The information provided here is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always check with a doctor or other appropriate medical professional you trust before making any healthcare changes. Also, please speak to your doctor before using any form of medication, whether that is prescription or nonprescription drugs.