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Many children have minor eye problems. For example, your child's eyes may itch or feel irritated. Or your child's eyes may get tired from working too hard. This is called eye strain.
From time to time, irritated eyes may cause your child to have blurry vision. But they do not usually cause lasting problems with vision.
Many things can cause these kinds of eye problems. If your child watches TV, plays video games, or uses the computer a lot, your child may blink less than normal. This can cause dry, red, irritated eyes.
Sometimes dry weather, smoke, or pollution can bother the eyes. Other times, allergies or contact lenses irritate the eyes.
You can work with your doctor to find ways to help your child's eyes feel better. Home treatment often helps.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: October 12, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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