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Healthwatch - 04/28/03

Kids & Eyesight

Most common vision problems can be treated if they're caught early.  But a few years can make a big difference in the severity of the problems. 

And for many pediatric eye doctors, it's a race against the clock to prevent blindness.  After a certain period of time, after ages  6,7 and 8, the problems can become a permanent loss that's irreversible due to absolute changes in the brain. And vision problems in kids aren't always obvious. 

Parents should look for signs like children holding a book close to their face while they're reading, or only being able to use one eye to see certain things. 

Doctors recommend kids be tested by age 3 1/2.  They should be tested even earlier if problems run in the family.

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