Baby Eye Issues

Baby eye issues discusses treatment therapies that your grandchild may experience during or after his hospital stay.

Grandpa and grandson

As you look at your grandchild, do you see his eyes crossing?

You may not notice this until many months after his birth. There may be other baby eye issues that you notice. If so, please discuss with his parents.

In fact, according to Children's Medical Center discussion on strabismus, approximately 4 percent of children under the age of six years old have their eyes turn inward, outward, turn up, or turn down. This condition is also known as "wandering eyes."

In fact, it was at least 6 months after our youngest grandson was born that we noticed the weakness in his eyes where one or both eyes crossed. As time passed, this condition became even more obvious. In fact, you will really be able to notice the condition in photographs.

His parents consulted with the local pediatrician and he recommend that he be seen by specialist in Pediatric Ophthalmologist in Grapevine, Texas.

Lazy-eye Issues

I guess I was so concerned about my grandson's eye since as a young child I also had an issue with my eyes.  At that time, it was called a lazy-eye.   As you can see in this photo, my left eye has an issue.

Baby Eye Issues: Strabismus (Crossed Eyed)

Strabismus or being Crossed eyed: It typically involves a lack of coordination between the extraocular muscles, which prevents bringing the gaze of each eye to the same point in space and preventing proper binocular vision, which may adversely affect depth perception. Strabismus can be either a disorder of the brain in coordinating the eyes, or of one or more of the relevant muscles' power or direction of motion. Difficult baby eye issues such as strabismus problems are usually co-managed between orthoptists and ophthalmologists.

Ophthalmology Equipment

Babies are usually held by Mom as tests are conducted.

Of the several types of baby eye issues, our grandson was diagnosed with Amblyopia or lazy eye. During the first two weeks, he wore a patch for 2 hours a day over the "good" eye for a few weeks until his doc band is removed.

Then he again returned to Dr. Beauchamp's office. The doctor examined him and recommended that his patching be reduced to one hour a day! Patching is helping with his baby eye issues.

At first, our grandchild will have a hard time seeing with just the weaker eye. However, as explained by the specialist, it is very important that the child wear the patch diligently because this will eventually improve vision. It can take weeks or longer for an eye patch to improve vision.

Ortopad Patches on Kid
Ortopad Eye Patches

Ortopad patches used one hour daily for my grandson

Examples of Ortopad patches that my grandson has been wearing daily to patch his eye. See examples of the small patches above.

Procedure to use the sticker daily is as follows:

  • Place your grandchild on a flat surface and tell him you are going to patch his eye. This will comfort him as he learns the daily procedure.
  • Take the patch out of the wrapper
  • Stick the patch to the palm of your hand to remove some of the sticky residue
  • Tell your grandchild to close his eye
  • If very young, you probably will just need to begin sticking the patch to his eye when the eye lid is closed
  • Make sure the smaller slotted area is placed toward the bridge of the nose
  • Baby will probably rub his eye, so to avoid the patch from coming loose, make sure that you have pushed the adhesive down all around the eye and nose area
  • Baby should wear it the length of time the pediatric ophthalmologist prescribed
  • To remove, gently rub Aquaphor or similar ointment to release the sticky residue. Gently pull the patch from the slotted area near the nose and gently rub the ointment around the patched area at the same time. Don't leave a residue of cream that will get in the babies eyes. Remove any excess from the face with a dry cloth.
  • Children become adjusted to having the patch on after a few days. The first day I removed the patch, my grandson cried. He hasn't cried since that day! I really feel he knows that this patch is helping with his baby eye issues!

After two weeks, our grandson's doc band was removed and the eye specialist prescribed glasses for him to wear. Examples of the glasses are shown below.

As he explained, it usually will take 7 years to correct any eye issues wearing glasses.

Dr. Beauchamp stated that within three to six weeks of our grandson wearing the glasses, he will be able to tell if the glasses will work in correcting this issue.

If not, he will recommend surgery. Of course, this is the last option that my daughter and son-in-law want to select.

Only time will tell our grandson's fate!

In this guide on various Baby Medical Issues there is a common rule. It's important to always follow your doctor's instructions carefully and that your child is monitored closely during treatment.

Treatment: First step in treating any baby eye issues, i.e., Strabismus is to patch the weaker eye for a short period of time. Then the specialist will prescribe glasses, if still needed. After this, if the eye muscle or muscles still hasn't corrected, surgery may be needed. Usually the younger a child is when the surgery is performed, the better the result.

Very stylish glasses are flexible, plastic with a stretchable band to keep glasses in place on the babies head.

Baby Glasses

Flexible glasses are used to correct babies vision.

We have been told that children tend to leave their glasses on since wearing the glasses will improve their vision. Now, if we can just keep twin brother from pulling them off!

Definitions of the Eye Issues

baby eyes

Strabismus or being Crossed eyed is a condition.

Amblyopia or lazy eye condition.

Strabismus typically involves a lack of coordination between the extraocular muscles which prevents bringing the gaze of each eye to the same point in space.

Also, prevents proper binocular vision, which may adversely affect depth perception of an eye condition.

Please share any medical conditions that your grandchildren may have experienced so we can share with our readers in the Baby Medical Issues section. With your assistance, your comments will only improve this web page. Thank you!

If your grandchildren have issues with their head, neck or other parts of their body (trunk), please check the various conditions listed.

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