5 Common Eye Problems in Infants

Common Eye Problems in Infants

Do you know about eye problem in newborns? If you become a parent very soon then, you come into a journey which is named as parenthood. After birth of child, many parents faced lot of worries around their child’s health and eye problem is one of that. Hence, today in this article we are telling you about the common eye problems in infants.

Many new parents have very less knowledge and that’s why they not recognize the problem. So, read this article carefully. Clear vision as well as healthy eye plays an essential role in infants to see and learn new things. Therefore, eye problem are also responsible for growth delays. After birth, babies discover the wonders of the world with the help of eyes and thus eyes offers stimulation as well as information for their growth.

There are many eye problems occurs in newborn babies which are curable also. But remember one thing that ‘prevention is better than cure’. If you identify any problem early then it ensures your babies have the chance to produce visual skills which are required for learning and their development.

Now, Parents play a significant role in aiding to guarantee their child’s eyes and visualization can grow properly. In infants, the vision is not fully developed. One thing you should notice that early involvement is the key to avoiding eye problems future in life.

Symptoms of Eye and Vision Problems:

The eye as well as vision problems are very rare but if happens then the symptoms are as follows;

Eye problems in infants:

Now, here we are giving a list of common eye problems in newborn babies. They are as follows:

False Misaligned eyes or pseudo strabismus:

Strabismus is defined as misalignment of the eyes. In this eyes of the infant’s eye are generally looks crossed but they are straight. Mostly this occurs due to wide nasal bridge. In some babies it happens due to the existence of additional folds of the skin between inside of the eye and nose. This problem seems in the 4 month old baby.


Conjunctivitis is also identified as pinkeye. It is caused due to bacterial and viral infections and therefore it gives red itchy eyes in infants. There is inflammation as well as swelling of the conjunctiva, or the external layer of the eye is observed. The symptoms are many like swollen eyelids, White parts of the eyes are red, Excessive tearing, frequently matted eyelids, Watery, pus-like discharge and yellow-green discharge from the eye. A doctor gives the antibiotics to clear the conjunctivitis.

Blocked Tear Ducts:

Some babies are born with clogged tear ducts, which causes excessive tearing and results into many infections. If an infection grows then a greenish or yellow mucous and red as well as swollen eyelid appears. The tears ducts are clears automatically but as infant are 1 year old then an ophthalmologist suggest a surgical treatment. If excessive tears develop then massage eyes with a warm washcloth and clear the spare tears.

Amblyopia or ‘Lazy Eye’:

Amblyopia also identified as lazy eye. This is very common in newborn babies because during the muscle training crossed eye and blur vision is observed after birth. It typically only ensues in one eye. There are many indication of amblyopia such as lack of depth perception and eyes that wander apart. In some babies it is inherited. A patch and a special glass are used for the treatment of this.

Stye and Chalazion:

A stye, or hordeolum, is a small collision which is observed at eyelash base. When infection develops on the sweat glands of the eye then it occurs. It mostly looks red and swollen and also affected by staphylococcus aureus microbial infection. It disappears in 2 to 3 weeks deprived of medical attention. For the treatment of stye or chalazion massage with a warm washcloth is used.


If muscles of the upper eyelid are not produced properly then ptosis takes place. It is responsible to create the eyelid droop. It can come about in one or both eyes. Ptosis leads to ambylopia, or lazy eye. If the eyelid is produces trouble for the infant to see, then surgery is essential to get rid from this problem.

If you observe any of the appearance of these symptoms in infant then immediately consult from your optometrist or pediatrician. I hope you find this article, informative and beneficial.

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