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Health Tip: Have Your Child's Eyes Checked

Especially if the child was born early

(HealthDay News) -- An annual vision exam is a good idea for children, starting in infancy. Kids at increased risk of vision problems may need to get an exam more frequently.

The American Optometric Association says risk factors for childhood vision problems include:

  • Having low birth weight or being born prematurely.
  • Having a family history of eye problems, such as cataracts.
  • Having had a pregnant mother with an infection, such as AIDS, rubella, herpes or venereal disease.
  • Having a mother who had a difficult labor.
  • Having a nervous system problem characterized by symptoms such as seizures or developmental delay.
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