Does My Toddler Need to See an Eye Doctor?

When my son wants to learn more about his toys, he holds them really close to his face. Is that a sign that he has bad eyesight or even a serious vision problem, or do all kids do that?
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Updated February 2, 2017
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Your pediatrician should do vision screening during each regular well visit — just as he/she would check your toddler’s ears, heart, and the rest of his body. Additionally, the American Optometric Association recommends a comprehensive eye exam at six months, around age three, before entering school, and then every two years after that. So be sure to bring this up so your pediatrician and/or optometrist can incorporate your observations, in addition to the test results, into the diagnosis.

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