Signs of Eye Conditions in Children
Children begin to develop vision in their eyes over their first year.
Young babies and newborns cannot see beyond a few feet, meaning there is nothing to worry about if they are unable to recognise your face from a distance for their first three to four months. However, by the age of about eight years old, your child’s eyesight should be fully developed.
Watery eyes are common in young babies and newborns as the ducts which carry tears away from the surface of their eyes do not fully open for the first few months. However, if this problem persists until your child’s first birthday, you should check this over with your GP.
More serious problems that need advice from your optician or GP include:
- Persistent or recurring eye infections, or if you notice your baby’s eyes do not move together perfectly – for example, when looking at an object straight ahead, one eye may be pointed slightly out or in, which could be a sign your baby has a squint.
- If your child has difficulty recognising shapes, and colours or shows no interest in pictures in storybooks at around three or four years old. our opticians at Taylor-West & Co will be able to conduct a professional kid’s eye test to determine the problem. This process does not require your child to read or recognise letters to test their sight.