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What are the most common sight problems in babies?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: "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.

In brief: "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. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Dr. Paul Leadem
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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".

In brief: 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. Paul Leadem
Dr. Paul Leadem
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