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Your Kid's Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat

Amblyopia

Amblyopia interferes with the way the eye and the brain work together. The result is poor vision. Treatment may involve glasses, patches, eye drops, or surgery.

Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD)

Some kids have hearing loss due to auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD), a problem in the transmission of sound from the inner ear to the brain.

Black Eyes

A black eye is bruising around the eyes that can look purple, black, or dark blue. Usually, they get better in a week or so.

Corneal Abrasions

Corneal abrasions, which are common among kids, happen when something gets into the eye. Though sometimes painful, they're rarely serious and usually heal within a few days.

Dealing With Earwax

Earwax helps protect the eardrum and fight infection. Parents shouldn't attempt to remove earwax at home, as doing so risks damage to the ear canal and, possibly, a child's hearing.

Farsightedness (Hyperopia)

Farsightedness (hyperopia) is a vision problem that makes it hard to see nearby objects clearly.

Flying and Your Child's Ears

That weird ear-popping sensation is a normal part of air travel. Here's how to help equalize the air pressure in your child's ears to prevent or decrease ear pain.

Marfan Syndrome

Marfan syndrome affects the body's connective tissue and can cause problems in the eyes, joints, and heart. Even though the disease has no cure, doctors can successfully treat just about all of its symptoms.

Nearsightedness (Myopia)

Nearsightedness (myopia) is a vision problem that makes it hard to see distant objects clearly.

Quick Video Summary: How the Ears Work

The ears gather sounds from our environment and turn them into messages for the brain to decode. Learn more in this video about the ears.