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What are the most common sight problems in babies?

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Dr. Paul Leadem
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Strabismus: Muscle imbalance or strabismus, often called a "lazy eye" is the most common problem. Slight "crosss-eye" or eyes that do not move together can be normal until 4 mos of age but after that, if one or both eyes seem to turn in or out, or if it appears that one eye doesn't follow the other, see your pediatrician. If not treated appropriately there can be permanent loss of vision called "amblyopia".
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
"lazy" eye: Strabismus, an imbalance of the muscles which control eye movements, is common, but can be hard to diagnosis. Because the baby uses one eye most of the time, the other eye gets weak, decreased vision. This is called amblyopia. More info: http://www.Healthychildren.Org/english/health-issues/conditions/eyes/pages/default.Aspx.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Strabismus: Babies can have issues (wiring in the brain, refractive errors, paralyses) which misalign the eyes (termed strabismus). This will drop the vision in one eye if not fixed. Less common are cataracts, glaucoma, tumors, maldevelopment, and some inherited problems. If you are the least bit uncertain, have your pediatrician check the eyes and see if a referral to an ophthalmologist is needed.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Misalignment: Babies can have issues (wiring in the brain, refractive errors, paralyses) which misalign the eyes (termed strabismus). This will drop the vision in one eye if not fixed. Less common are cataracts, glaucoma, tumors, maldevelopment, and some inherited problems. If you are the least bit uncertain, have your pediatrician check the eyes and see if a referral to an ophthalmologist is needed.

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