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Vision Problems in Infants
By Rochelle Caviness - Updated December 7, 2003

When children are born, they can see, but they cannot see clearly. This can make it difficult to determine if your child was born with a vision-related problem. The only time that it is easy for a parent to detect a problem is if it is externally obvious, such as if the child has crossed eyes. When the problem is internal, you may be unaware that your child is suffering from a vision-related problem. Signs that your child might have a vision-related problem.

A baby cannot tell you when they are having trouble seeing or when something hurts, therefore you must become a detective and be on the look out for signs that your baby's behavior may be telling you that he needs to see an eye doctor. Signs to look for include: Some of the Common Vision Problems in Infants

Falsely Misaligned Eyes (Pseudostrabismus) Misaligned Eyes (Strabismus) Lazy Eye (Amblyopia) Cloudy Lens (Cataract) Droopy Eyelids (Ptosis) Swollen Eyelids (Blepharitis) Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) How is an infant's vision checked?

An eye exam for an infant is similar to that of an adult. The ophthalmologist (eye doctor) will look at the outside of the eye, and than will look in the baby's eye with a light to view the interior structure of the eye. The doctor may also dilate the baby's eyes with drops to better view the retina and the blood vessels in the back of the eye. If any problems are noticed, additional tests may be conducted. This article is for information purposes only, always consult your doctor for medical advice.


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