How to know if your child looks good ?

Written by: Dr. Juan Antonio García de Oteyza
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The first years of life are important for the development of vision. Therefore, the early detection of visual defects is essential to prevent future optical problems. Apart from malformations, the most frequent visual disorders in childhood are refractive errors (need to wear glasses) and strabismus. In both cases, the child may not complain about looking bad. This test aims to help you discover it for yourself.


1. Have you observed if your child deflects an eye even minimally?

2. Have you noticed if the child always winks the same eye when he is on the street?

3. Does he twist his head when he pays attention to something?

4. Take one eye and then another. Do you notice differences when recognizing an object?

5. Is he very close to television or paper when he draws?

6. Does it narrow your eyes when you look at something far away?

7. Does it blink frequently?

8. Do you complain of headaches in the afternoon?

9. Do you have red eyes too often?

10. Do you have peeling skin or often stinging?


- Affirmative answers to questions 1, 2, 3. If that happens after six months of age it is very likely that your child has a strabismus problem. Do not neglect this disorder no matter how small, vitamins and time do not fix it.

- Affirmative answer to question 4. If your child has a vision defect in one of the two eyes (lazy eye). You should see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

- Affirmative answer to question 5. All children have a tendency to approach television and drawing. This detail without another symptom does not imply vision defect.

- Affirmative answer to questions 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Usually the child usually complains of seeing badly when there is a serious problem of refraction. If not, and after your observations you have answered Yes to all, or at least two questions in this block, it is advisable to consult with an ophthalmologist. He will indicate the necessary treatment.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Juan Antonio García de Oteyza

Dr. García de Oteyza is a leading specialist in Ophthalmology in Barcelona. In addition to his career as a doctor, the doctor is a regular lecturer, speaker and even editor in scientific journals about his specialty. After having spent seventeen years as Chief of Ophthalmology Service of the Institut Dexeus, he currently devotes his professional activity to a private practice of his own.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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