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Dell Children's Eye Center
Signs of a Problem

Symptoms that require immediate attention include:

  • Acute loss of vision - Sudden, painless, severe loss of vision
  • Chemical Burns: alkali, acid, or organic solvents
  • Very red swollen and tender eyelids
  • Injury or foreign body in the eye
  • Acute, rapid onset of eye pain or discomfort

Other conditions, which are not as urgent but still require attention by a specialist, include:

  • Subacute loss of vision that has evolved gradually over a period of a few days to a week
  • Sudden onset of diplopia or other distorted vision
  • Recent onset of light flashes and floaters
  • Blunt trauma, such as a bump to the eye, that is not associated with vision loss or persistent pain and where penetration of the eye is not likely
  • Double vision that has persisted for less than a week
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)
  • Progressively worsening ocular pain
  • One or both eyes turning in, out, up or down
  • Tearing, redness, or discharge that lasts for a number of days
  • A baby's eyes that seem to move continuously or do not appear to look directly at someone
  • One pupil that appears larger than the other
  • A white spot in the center of the eye

Parents should be attuned to signs of potential visual problems in children aged 2 to 6:

  • Covering one eye when looking at a book or object
  • Complaining of headaches that seem related to vision
  • Asking to sit closer to the blackboard at school
  • Sitting too close to the television
  • Squinting or rubbing eyes excessively
  • Difficulty catching a ball
  • Not wanting to look at books
  • Discomfort after prolonged use of the eyes
  • Mild ocular irritation, itching, burning
  • Tearing in the absence of other symptoms
  • Lid twitching or fluttering
  • Mucous discharge from the eye
  • Mild redness of the eye not accompanied by other symptoms
  • Persistent and unchanged floaters whose cause has been previously determined

Should you notice any of these symptoms, please call us to make an appointment.

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