Parents can support visual development with plenty of eye contact, by using toys of contrasting colours, having mobiles over the cot and checking that their eyes follow a moving toy accurately. An eye examination should be done at six months – sooner if there are signs of problems, or if there is a family history of eye conditions.
Toddlers are too young to understand or communicate a vision problem.
Signs to look out for include:
- Eyes not moving in unison
- Avoiding bright lights
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Nausea or loss of appetite
- Frequently bumping into objects
- Squinting or turning the head on an angle
- Sitting too close to the TV