Children's Vision: What Parents
Need To Know
Written by experts in children's vision, this collection of articles guides you through essential information about your child's vision and eye health.
Browse the list of articles below, or read our Doctor Q&A on children's vision problems.
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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.
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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.
Videos Explain Eye And Vision Topics To Kids
The National Eye Institute has created a series of videos for kids called "Ask a Scientist."
The videos are fun to watch and easy to understand. They show eye doctors and other NEI scientists explaining animal eyes, optical illusions, how crying affects the eyes, what eyes do when we're asleep and much more.
You and your kids can watch the videos here.
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Does your child avoid reading? Is he struggling in school? Find out if an undetected learning-related vision problem is to blame.
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.
Which toys are eye-safe and which are better to avoid.
Dr. Heiting names six types of toys that pose a high risk of children's eye injuries.
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Study Finds Farsightedness Associated With Other Children's Vision Problems
Preschoolers with significant hyperopia (farsightedness) have a greater risk of other significant vision problems, according to a study.
Correcting early childhood hyperopia can help avoid other vision problems such as strabismus and amblyopia (lazy eye).
Researchers at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and four other U.S. optometry schools evaluated the results of children's eye exams performed for more than 4,000 Head Start preschoolers ages 3 to 5 as part of the Vision in Preschoolers (VIP) Study. For purposes of the study, children with greater than +3.25 diopters (D) of farsightedness were considered "hyperopic" and those with +3.25 D or less were considered "without hyperopia."
Compared with children without hyperopia, children with farsightedness greater than +3.25 D had a significantly higher risk of amblyopia (34.5 percent vs. 2.8 percent) and strabismus (17.0 percent vs. 2.2 percent). And more severe levels of hyperopia were associated with even higher risk of amblyopia and strabismus. For example, children with hyperopia of +5.00 D or greater had a 51.5 percent chance of amblyopia and 32.9 percent chance of strabismus.
Children with hyperopia greater than +3.25 D also had a higher risk of anisometropia (26.9 percent vs. 5.1 percent) and astigmatism (29.4 percent vs. 10.3 percent) compared with children with farsightedness of +3.25 D or less. They also had reduced scores on stereoacuity tests, compared with scores of preschoolers "without hyperopia."
The study authors concluded the presence and magnitude of hyperopia among preschoolers were associated with higher risk of amblyopia, strabismus, anisometropia and astigmatism. Significant hyperopia also was associated with reduced stereoacuity — even among farsighted children with no amblyopia or strabismus, they said.
A full report of the study appeared in the April 2014 issue of Optometry and Vision Science.
Page updated September 2016