Common Vision Disorders in Children

By JustMommies staff

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 Read more: