Children's Vision: What Parents
Need to Know
Dr. Gary Heiting
Browse the Table of Contents or read our Doctor Q&A on children's vision problems.
Table of Contents
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Overview and Children's Visual Development
Eye Exams for Children
Find out when to have your child's eyes examined to ensure they have the vision skills they need for school, sports and play.
Your Infant's Vision Development
How your baby's vision develops in the first year of life and what you can do to help.
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Does Your Baby Have Congenital Cataracts?
Not all congenital cataracts require surgery, but some do. Learn what you can do if your child was born with cataracts.
Children's Vision Problems
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Amblyopia (or "lazy eye") is a vision development problem in infants and young children that can lead to permanent vision loss. Learn the symptoms, causes and treatments.
Children's Vision Problems Eye Doctor Q&A
Questions about children's vision problems are answered by eye doctors on AllAboutVision.com's Editorial Advisory Board.
Vision Problems of Preschool Children
Learn the warning signs of a preschool vision problem. Also, when to schedule your child's first eye exam.
Vision Problems of Schoolchildren
Up to 25 percent of schoolchildren may have vision problems that can affect their ability to learn. Read how to keep your child from being in this group.
Teen Vision: Time for Contacts?
A brief primer on what you should know when your teen wants to start wearing contact lenses.
Can Anything Stop or Slow the Progression of Myopia in Kids?
Studies have tested rigid contact lenses, soft contact lenses, drugs and eyeglass lenses for their ability to keep myopia from developing in children. Here's a summary of the findings.
Kids and Computers
How to help your child avoid eye strain and other problems when using computers.
Learning-Related Vision Problems
Does your child avoid reading? Is he struggling in school? Find out if an undetected learning-related vision problem is to blame.
Vision Therapy for Children
Some children have undetected vision problems that can interfere with their performance in school or sports. Read about vision therapy and how it can help.
Stargardt's Disease and Children
This inherited form of macular degeneration can cause central vision loss in children, who may need special instruction in how to use low vision aids.
Toys and Eye Safety
Which toys are eye-safe and which are better to avoid.
Toys to Avoid to Keep Your Child's Eyes Safe New!
Dr. Heiting names six types of toys that pose a high risk of children's eye injuries.
Eyewear for Children
Contact Lenses for Children
Are contact lenses safe for children? Read about the advantages, age considerations and more when considering contacts for your kids.
Glasses with polycarbonate lenses are the best choice for children. Read why.
Sunglasses that block 100 percent of the sun's harmful UV rays are essential for children. Read tips for buying good sunglasses for your kids.
Protective Eyewear for Kids
Are your children wearing protective eyewear for sports and other activities? Read why they should.
[Page updated November 2013]