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Can children have eye strokes?

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While children can have strokes, most children, infants in particular, who experience strokes do not experience symptoms affecting vision, as the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program explains. Small numbers of children experience vision loss due to a stroke, but in general, the brain's vision center seems resistant to perinatal stroke.

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In infants, strokes are more likely to manifest with symptoms such as seizures and the tendency to use only one side of the body. Older children show symptoms such as loss of balance, severe headaches and dizziness, according to the National Stroke Association. It is possible that common vision problems such as lazy eye are more prevalent in children who have suffered perinatal stroke, as the Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program points out.

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