Are you concerned about your infant’s vision? If yes, then you need to learn all about common eye problems that babies are more likely to suffer. Your newborn baby is able to follow a light by turning her head and eyes towards the direction of the light. Initially, infants are near-sighted and they can focus their vision in the objects that are located within 25 cm near their faces. By the time they turn three months old, their vision improves substantially. So, do not worry if your baby is unable to respond to a soft toy hanging no her crib within the first three months of her birth. However, certain vision conditions that do not seem normal as your baby grows may occur due to eye problems. So, let’s have a look at some common eye problems in babies that you must be aware of.
Find Below 5 Common Eye Problems In Babies:
A bacterial or viral infection is responsible for neonatal conjunctivitis. A blocked tear duct too can cause conjunctivitis, which is also known as ‘Pink Eye’. Some of the prominent symptoms of pink eye are red and swollen eyelids, excess of tears, white areas of the eye turning red, and watery or thick discharge from the baby’s eye. A gentle warm massage between the nasal and eye area of the infant can relieve the condition if it is due to a blocked tear duct. If pink eye is due to bacterial infection, then antibiotic eye drop can alleviate the condition.
2. Crossed Eyes
Crossed eyes, also popular as Strabismus, is a condition due to which the eyes of your baby are not properly aligned with each other when the baby focus to look at an object. Extra skin folds present in the inner corner of the infant’s eyes can make the eyes of the baby appear crossed. As your baby grows, the skin folds retract and her eyes will appear normal. However, some infants have truly crossed eyes and it needs the right treatment at appropriate time. In case of truly crossed eyes, the baby’s both eyes do not function together to focus at an object. Eye may appear in or out, or up or down. Ignorance can aggravate the eye condition making the baby’s affected eye weak and make baby dependent on the other eye.
3. Lazy Eye
Lazy eye, which is also known as Amblyopia, is a common eye problem in babies that usually affects one eye of the infant. It occurs due to anything that blurs the baby’s vision, such as camera flash, intense light, or high spotlight. One eye of the baby has better focus than other. Some of the common symptoms of lazy eye in babies are wandering eyes, lack of perception depth, or a patch. If detected at an early stage, Lazy eye is curable.
4. Misaligned Eyes
Misaligned eyes is a condition in which your infant’s eyes do not move in the same direction at one instance of time. This eye condition can occur at birth of the baby or due to an injury or ailment. Usually, baby’s eyes are a bit misaligned till the age of three or four months, however they get to normal tract after three or four months after the birth. In case of misaligned eyes, the eyes continue to remain misaligned even after the baby completes six months. An injury to the baby’s nervous system, like occurrence of seizure or stroke, can cause misalignment of the eyes.
5. Watery Eyes
Newborn babies lack ability to produce tears while crying. At the end of the first month after the birth, baby develops the ability to produce the tears. However, if your baby has a blockage in the pathway that carries tears from baby’s eye to nose, then the baby may suffer from watery eyes. Due to this condition, you can see tears of baby spilling over even when the baby is not crying. Gently massaging the inner corner of the eye may provide your dear little one a great relief. By the time your little angel grows and turns one year old, the blocked tear ducts tend to clear up automatically. Usually, in watery eyes condition the eyelid is not swollen nor the eye of the baby turns red. However, if the eye turns red or eyelid gets swollen then it can be due to an infection and you need to check it with the doctor. Proper guidance of an expert ophthalmologist can help in opening up the blocked duct of your baby and get rid of this eye problem.
Now that you know these five eye problems in babies, take the right care of your little one if your baby suffers from any of these conditions.