California Educator

October 2014

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CTA & You HOW WELL DO YOUR STUDENTS SEE? What to look for – signs and symptoms of vision problems MINOR CONDITIONS THAT SHOULD BE EXAMINED BY AN EYE DOCTOR CONDITIONS THAT SHOULD BE TREATED PROMPTLY URGENT CONDITIONS THAT REQUIRE IMMEDIATE TREATMENT Head tilted — may be an indication that the child is avoiding double vision Tearing, discharge or redness — a sign of infection or tear duct blockage White pupil — this may indicate cataract, tumor inflammation or detached retina Pupil defect — if part of the iris is missing, it may be an outward sign of a defect of the inside of the eye Eye turns inward or outward — could lead to loss of vision Lump, swelling or drooping of lid — may be an inflammation which is an emergency if it happens suddenly and the lid is red and hot. May indicate muscle weakness or tumor causing blockage of vision. Unequal pupils — may be a sign of nerve damage or tumor which is visible in one eye Dancing eyes — a sign of disease of the nervous system anywhere between the eyes and brain Large cornea in one or both eyes — a sign of glaucoma in both the newborn and infant, especially when the child's eye waters and avoids light Source: 51 V O L U M E 1 9 I S S U E 3

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