(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.
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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.
-- Diana Kohnle
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