How do you know if your child is seeing well?

The first years of life are important for the development of vision. Therefore, early detection of visual defects is essential to prevent future optical problems. Apart from malformations, the most common visual disorders in childhood are refractive errors (the need to wear glasses) and strabismus. In both cases, the child may not complain of poor vision. This test is intended to help you find out for yourself.

1. Have you noticed if your child has even a slight deviation of one eye?

2. Have you noticed if your child always winks with the same eye when he/she is in the street?

3. Does he/she twist his/her head when he/she is paying attention to something?

4. Does the child cover one eye and then the other? Do you notice any differences in recognizing an object?

5. Does your child get very close to the television or paper when drawing?

6. Does your child squint his eyes when he looks at something far away?

7. Do you blink frequently?

8. Do you complain of headaches in the evenings?

9. Do you often have red eyes?

10. Do you have frequent skin peeling or styes?


– Yes answers to questions 1, 2, 3. If this occurs after six months of age, it is very likely that your child has a strabismus problem. Do not neglect this disorder no matter how small, vitamins and time will not fix it.

– Answer yes to question 4. If your child has a vision defect in one of the two eyes (lazy eye). You should see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

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– Answer yes to question 5. All children have a tendency to approach the television and drawing. This detail without any other symptom does not imply a vision defect.

– Answer yes to questions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. The child usually complains of poor vision when there is a serious refractive problem. If this is not the case and after your observations you have answered Yes to all or at least two questions in this block, it is advisable to consult an ophthalmologist. He/she will indicate the necessary treatment.