One of the many problems parents of a newborn face is the inability to communicate with them, which makes diagnosing possible health problems extremely difficult at times. When it comes to their development, tracking their vital vision is important, but again we can’t ask them if they’re having difficulty seeing things clearly.
10 Signs Your Infant Or Toddler’s Vision May Be In Danger
Babies receive their first eyecare exam after they’re born, again at six months and the next recommended time to get their eyes checked isn’t until they’re two years old, which are some pretty big gaps. Luckily, when diagnosed and treated early, the vast majority of eyecare conditions are able to be addressed with corrective lenses, contacts and in some cases minor surgery.
To protect your baby’s irreplaceable eyesight, watch for these warning signs that could be cause for potential problems:
When a baby reaches around three months old, their eyes should become stable. Watch for eyes that appear crossed or misaligned which could be a sign of strabismus. One eye that wanders, also called “lazy eye” could be amblyopia.
2. Bright Lights
When babies are born, they can only see objects about 8 to 10 inches from their face, but by the time they reach three months, they should be able to see more regularly. If bright lights, colors and things like mobiles don’t catch their attention, there could be a problem.
This could be a sign of cataracts, usually seen in older people, but it can also be inherited, known as congenital cataracts, which could be present at birth. Although eyeglasses can be prescribed to improve vision, minor surgery is recommended as a permanent treatment.
Look for anything unusual about your child’s eyes, one appears larger than the other, they look droopy or seem to be “buggy.”
Make sure your youngster’s eyes are working together and one doesn’t appear to be moving independent of the other.
Watch for signs that aren’t seeing things clearly like tilting their head or squinting when looking at objects either up close or at a distance.
An infant shouldn’t be rubbing their eyes extensively unless they’re sleepy or perhaps they just woke up, which could be a sign of an irritant or pain from a vision problem.
When a light is turned on in a dark room, people of all ages may shun away at first, but babies and toddlers shouldn’t be consistently turning away from bright lights.
Your baby’s eyes should appear completely stable after about three months old. They shouldn’t wiggle or appear to move about in an unusual or jumpy way.
Also after about three months of age, babies should be able to track objects as they move. Try holding one of their favorite toys in front of their face and move it back and forth to be sure your baby is following it with their eyes.
If your baby shows any of these signs or symptoms, take them to see an eye carecare professional immediately. To keep your entire family’s vision healthy, check out this info graphic, “From Cradle to Cataracts: EyeCare For The Whole Family”. It also shows signs and symptoms of eyecare that may need professional attention.
Tara Heath is a health professional and works as a freelancer writer in the evenings. Her writing focuses mainly on health, such as skincare and how to live a healthy lifestyle overall. She lives in Burbank, Ca.
*Disclaimer: The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Zensorium.
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