Signs of Possible Vision Problems in Toddlers

By Irene Helen Zundel

Children learn by observing the world around them, so it's important that they have healthy eyes and good vision. If there are problems in early childhood, it is best to catch them early and to seek the help of a professional.

A child's eyes should be examined at birth and 6 months, and informally during scheduled well-baby visits with the doctor through the first five years of life. Normally there is visual acuity screening around age 3 and again before entering kindergarten.

A child who is at high risk for vision problems should be taken early to an eye specialist. (This would include children weighing three pounds or less at birth or whose family history includes retinoblastoma, congenital glaucoma, cataracts or diseases associated with eye problems).

Here are some indications that a child might be experiencing some eye or vision problems:

Source: "What to Expect: The Toddler Years," Eisenberg, Murkhoff and Hathaway; Workman Publishing, 1994.

Irene Helen Zundel is author of "Make Your Kid A Genius" and other books. She also is a freelance writer and homeschooling mother.