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Many children have minor eye problems, such as eyestrain, irritated eyes, or itchy eyes.
Watching a lot of television, playing video games, or using the computer a lot can decrease your child's natural blink reflex. This can cause dry, red, and irritated eyes. Sometimes a dry climate, allergies, contact lenses, smoke, or pollution can bother the eyes.
Whatever the cause of your child's irritated eyes, it is important to work with your doctor to find ways to help your child's eyes feel better. Home treatment can relieve the symptoms of many minor eye problems.
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 call line 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 call 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 call line if:
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Current as of: September 23, 2018
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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