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Common Pediatric Eye Disorders

Did you know that the sense of sight isn’t fully developed until children are 8 years old? That means you have a unique window of opportunity to diagnose and potentially reverse certain eye conditions before they become permanent.

Expert Eye Care for Children

Your little one will receive the gentle, compassionate care from our professionals who have experience working with the tiniest of patients. No matter how young your child is – you can count on the eye specialists at Avera to understand how to best diagnose and treat a variety of childhood vision problems, such as:

When To Call An Eye Doctor

If your family doesn’t have a history of eye disorders, your child will be screened by a pediatrician during yearly well visits and may not need to see an eye specialist. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms in your child, schedule an appointment with your optometrist or ophthalmologist:

  • A jiggle in one or both eyes
  • A persistent head turn
  • Closing one eye while reading or in bright light
  • Double vision
  • Droopy eye lid
  • Excessive tearing, redness or discharge from the eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Obvious misalignment of the eyes, even intermittently
  • Problems reading or seeing things
  • Reoccurring headaches, particularly while reading
  • Squinting

Learn more about common eye disorders and types of visual screening tests for infants and children in our health library.

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Find the vision services you need at Avera locations across South Dakota and western Minnesota.

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Avoid Eye Injuries

Visit our health library to discover ways you can keep your eyes safe at home, at work and at play.

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