Eye and Vision Problems | When to Worry | Parents


Does your newborn look a little cross- eyed?
No worries. Babies aren’t born with perfect eyesight. At first, he can’t see anything
farther than your face. And it’s common for his eyes not to move in unison. By three months,
he should be able to track a toy across his field of vision. And by three to four months,
that cross- eyed look should disappear. Tell your doctor if your baby has a clouded- looking
lens, white color in the pupil, redness that doesn’t go away, or if he rubs his eyes a
lot. Also, be aware of these common baby eye conditions. The first is a blocked tear duct.
If your baby tears a lot and collects mucus in the corner of his eye, he may have a blocked
duct. The problem usually clears up on its own, but initially it helps to massage the
duct and wipe away the mucus. If it persists beyond 10 months of age, talk to your pediatrician.
Another condition is strabismus, which causes one eye to wander after a baby is four months
old. It’s easily managed when caught and treated early. And lastly, there’s amblyopia or lazy
eye. This happens when the vision in one eye is weak so your child uses the other eye almost
exclusively. This is hard for parents to detect, but don’t worry, doctors check for it during
well visits. It’s usually treated by temporarily using a patch or putting drops into the good
eye.

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