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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.

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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

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:

LAZY EYE (AMBLYOPIA)

If your child has a squint or a droopy eyelid, they could have 'lazy eye.' Regular eye examinations will ensure early diagnosis and a suitable course of treatment.

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Squint (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, they could have astigmatism (blurred vision). Some simple reading exercises can be done to test their vision.

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LONG-SIGHTEDNESS (HYPEROPIA)

Your child will see objects at a distance quite clearly, but will struggle to focus when they are close up. Your child will probably complain of headaches and eye fatigue as they strain to see.

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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're finding it difficult to focus on objects at a distance.

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Find an optician

Book an eye test

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Recommended Product

Protect young eyes

Crizal® Kids UV

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! TIPS

Computer games

If your children can't live without their games console, keep play time to under 45 minutes to avoid development of "Computer vision syndrome" which can lead to double or blurred vision, eyestrain, headaches, and loss of focus.

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Did you know?

All about Children's Vision