Early detection of eye conditions in children is important to avoid lifelong impairments.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening and referral. There are many different eye conditions and diseases that can affect a child’s vision. If an eye condition is suspected or if a child fails a vision screening, he or she should be referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist to further evaluation and diagnosis. Early detection and treatment is so important to avoid lifelong visual impairments. Review the conditions, descriptions, and treatments listed on the AAP’s healthychildren.org.