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3 Common Childhood Eye Conditions

Last week, we discussed eye exams and the vital role they play in the lives of young children. Since August is recognized as Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, it’s important to spotlight a few of the most common childhood eye conditions to raise awareness. An eye exam may be an imperative step towards maintaining a child’s eye health, but parents can go the extra mile by educating themselves on basic pediatric eye care.


Known more commonly as “pink eye,” conjunctivitis refers to a viral, bacterial or allergic infection in the eye. Children, especially young students, are susceptible to pink eye due to their increased exposure to germs. The eye will appear red, and your child will experience an uncomfortable, itchy discharge until the condition is corrected. If you believe your child has contracted conjunctivitis, keep him home from school to avoid infecting others and send them to your eye care provider.


A chalazion, or stye, is a small lump that grows from the base of the eyelashes. Most styes form as a result of an infection in the hair follicle. The condition is not painful at first, but becomes incredibly uncomfortable as the chalazion grows in size. If you notice a small bump on the top or bottom of your child’s lashes, schedule an eye exam as soon as possible.


Also known as “lazy eye,” amblyopia refers to an eye that has not developed normal sight. As a result, the child may experience poor vision or potentially blinding vision in one or both eyes. Amblyopia affects two of every 100 people in the United States.

If you believe your child to have amblyopia, schedule an eye exam today.


Here at the Catonsville Eye Group, providing the best patient care is our #1 priority. The professionalism of our doctors coupled with our capable and caring staff, state of the art technology, and extensive frame and lens options are what have made Catonsville Eye Group the first choice for families in our community. We strive to provide the best possible professional care at fair and reasonable prices to our patients in the most courteous way possible!

If you would like to schedule an appointment, order contact lenses, or ask questions about our services at Catonsville Eye Group, please call our office at (410) 747-1221 or email us by clicking this link. We will respond to your request within 24 hours.

We’re located at the heart of the Music City at 611 Frederick Rd., Suite 101. Drop on by, or schedule an appointment today. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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