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Eye Health: Your Child's Eyes Need Your Attention

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Childhood is a common time for recognizing vision problems.
Air Date: 7/16/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school. Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Eye Health: Your Child's Eyes Need Your Attention
Eye health is very important for growing kids, and childhood is a common time for recognizing vision problems.

Vision screening, an important part of your child's check-ups, may reveal the need for further vision testing.

As a parent, you can take an active part as well. Being on the lookout for such problems as pinkeye or other infections can also help keep your little one's eyesight as strong and healthy as possible. If your child complains of blurry words when reading, or sits especially close to the television or computer, it may suggest a problem and you should call for an examination by an eye doctor.

Dr. Corinn Cross from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shares how to recognize potential issues with your child's eyesight, as well as the best way to address these issues.
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