Good vision helps children reach their full potential, so their eyes need regular attention. Because eye problems may appear even at birth, vision experts in the Sutter Health network recommend eye exams for all children, even newborns. Ask your child’s pediatrician about a routine vision exam. If there’s any sign of a problem, pediatric eye care teams in the Sutter Health network can diagnose and treat the conditions that affect your child’s eyes, from blocked tear ducts and lazy eye (strabismus surgery) to rare eye cancers.
Childhood’s rough-and-tumble nature may result in an eye accident, especially if your child participates in contact sports. We're ready to minimize that damage with rapid diagnosis and treatment. In addition, about one in four children develops some kind of vision problem, according to the American Public Health Association. Be on the lookout for these warning signs that your child needs vision correction with glasses, contact lenses or laser surgery:
- Frequent rubbing of eyes
- Excessive tearing
- Closing one eye to read
- Sitting too close to the television
- Complaining of headaches or tired eyes