Visual Screening and Eye Examinations
Sometimes, babies have problems with vision. These problems may be due to a birth defect, or may be caused by the effects of prematurity, neurological problems, genetic disorders, and/or other diseases.
Since many eye problems occur at an early age, it is important that your child receives proper eye care (eye examinations and visual screening tests). Vision problems can lead to visual loss, developmental problems, and learning disabilities. Monitoring your child's ability to see is an important part of the health of your growing child.
Risk factors for having problems with vision:The following are some of the risk factors that may increase your child's risk of having some problems with his/her vision:
- maternal infections while pregnant
- premature infant
- heart disease in the infant
- problems with the actual structure of the eye present at birth (amblyopia, strabismus, cataracts)
- family history of problems with vision
- hearing problems
- trauma to the eye
If you cannot find the information in which you are interested, please visit the Eye Care Online Resources page in this Web site for an Internet/World Wide Web address that may contain additional information on that topic.
Age-Appropriate Vision Milestones
Eye Examinations and Visual Screening
Signs and Symptoms of Potential Eye Problems
Types of Visual Screening Tests
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