Child Eye Problems Parents Need to Know About

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Kids these days prefer to spend more time with technology rather than playing outdoors. This phenomenon has many parents worried about the eyesight of the kids. The common notion among the parents is that extended hours on digital devices can cause eye problems. However, there are various other factors that affect the sight of your child, which not many parents are aware of. Let’s take a look at some common eye problems that children may experience.


Amblyopia is a medical term used for an eye ailment commonly known as lazy eye. This ailment is often noticed by parents as lazy eye, but not many know what problems it creates. In this eye problem, a child suffers from poor vision due to lack of normal eyesight development. This problem is generally noticed in kids at an early age. A child suffering from amblyopia generally has misaligned eyes. One of the eyes will look straight while the other will be facing in another direction.

Pink Eye

Pink eye or conjunctivitis is a common eye problem. Pink eye is a viral infection that is very contagious. When a kid suffers from the same, he/she is generally kept away from mingling with other kids. Pink eye can sometimes also be due to an allergic reaction, which is not contagious. When a child suffers from pink eye, the eye becomes inflamed and pink or red. The eye becomes teary and itchy making it uncomfortable for the kid.


In chalazion, a kid gets a small lump in the eyelid. This lump is generally formed when a meibomian gland is clogged. When a child suffers from chalazion, the eye becomes red and swollen. This condition generally occurs in only one eye. Sometimes the child may also suffer from fever. If the problem gets more serious, the child may experience decreased vision and inability to move the eye.

Blocked Tear Duct

A child suffers from a blocked tear duct when the drainage system of tears is obstructed. So, the drainage of tears become abnormal. The common symptom of a blocked tear duct is watery eyes. Sometimes babies are born with this condition. However, often it resolves on its own as the child ages.

These are some of the common eye ailments suffered by kids in Alberta. As a parent, you would want to ensure that your kid does not suffer from pain due to these problems. To do so, you need to get your children’s eye exam frequently done. The good thing for you is that, as per the Alberta Association of Optometrists, one eye exam for a year is covered by the Alberta Health Care. Also, if your child needs additional exams or treatments for eye infections, injuries, and change in vision, due to medical conditions, the same will be covered by Alberta Health Care. So contact your trusted optometrist today and find out more about the children’s eye exam health cover.