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Common Vision Disorders in Children

According to a 1991-1994 CDC study of metropolitan Atlanta area children, approximately 9 in every 10,000 children ages 3 to 10 have low vision or blindness. Two thirds of the children had other disabilities besides having vision impairment. The World Health Organization defines low vision as a visual acuity of 20/70 to 20/400 with the best possible correction.

Signs and symptoms of low vision or blindness

Appearance of eyes or eye movements

  • Crossed or turned eye
  • Pupils that are excessively large or small
  • Nystagmus (eyes that bounce around, dancing eyes, or strange eye movements)
Developmental delays and other symptoms
  • Delays in reaching developmental milestones
  • Not tracking objects by three or four months
  • Doesn’t blink at sudden bright lights
  • Not interested in books or brightly colored toys
  • Doesn’t reach for things placed in front of him or her
  • Turning or tilting head to look at an object
  • Squinting
  • Eye pressing (rubbing or poking eyes)
  • Not making eye contact
  • Self-stimulating activities such as rocking, bouncing, and head nodding

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