11 Signs That Your Child Might Need a Visit to the Eye Doctor (and Glasses)

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Vision checks are an important part of your child’s health care. “Your child should be getting their vision checked in their pediatrician or primary care provider’s office from infancy on,” says David R. Weakley, MD, director of pediatric ophthalmology at Children’s Health in Dallas, Texas, and professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics at UT Southwestern. “Most pediatrician and primary care physician offices today are equipped to provide vision screening that can determine the need for glasses as well as other eye problems.” But even with those yearly checks, minor eye issues may still be overlooked in a basic eye exam. According to Dr. Weakley, if parents see their child exhibit some of these 11 behaviors, they should contact their pediatrician or primary care provider to see if a referral to an ophthalmologist is necessary. Keep reading for the signs you should watch out for.

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