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Vision plays a critical role in your child’s development. Vision problems can affect their physical, cognitive and social progress.  Early detection of vision problems and management is crucial in ensuring your child reaches their potential by developing the vision needed for them to learn.

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Some eye conditions do not present with any signs or symptoms, besides, children may not be aware they have a vision problem; it is therefore very important to have their eyes examined regularly. Most vision issues can be treated easily with a child obtaining optimal vision if the problem is detected early on.

Your child’s first eye evaluation should be at birth and is called the ‘red reflex test’. This test looks for congenital issues with the structure of the eye. Such as congenital cataracts, very high refractive errors or retinal lesions.

Ideally your baby should have an eye examination at the age of six months to assess if their eyes are focusing and following adequately, to rule out any squints/misalignment of the eyes or any eye disease. If there is a family history of high glasses prescriptions, squints, lazy eyes or congenital eye disease you should have your child monitored annually from very early childhood.

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Possibly the most important time for your child to have a comprehensive vision screening, regardless of any family history, is between 3 and 4 years of age. This is old enough to achieve good subjective responses from your child; at this age most children can accurately name pictures. It is also young enough that if any visual issues are found they can be treated within the sensitive period of your child’s visual development. Visual issues that are not picked up until later in childhood or into adulthood can have a lifelong impact on a person’s vision. Which can have consequences such as the limitation of some career paths or restrictions in driving.

The checks carried out at the hospital are enjoyable for children, our specialized Paediatric team of Doctors, Orthoptists & Optometrists are dedicated to making your child feel relaxed and happy during the initial assessment. They are experienced in dealing with children of all ages and educational levels, they have different tests to match to your child’s level of cooperation and age.

Signs of vision problems in your baby could include:

  • Constant eye rubbing
  • Light sensitivity
  • Misaligned eyes
  • Persistently red eyes
  • Watery eyes

Other signs to look out for in older children:

  • Squeezing eyes
  • Difficulty reading/slow reading
  • Misaligned eyes (this could be constant or intermittently seen)
  • Short attention span
  • Behavioral issues
  • Holding books/ipads close to their face & sitting close to the TV

To book an appointment with one the paediatric specialists at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai, call +971 4 429 7888 or visit

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