Lazy eye

Lazy eye

When do babies stop squinting?
A baby may occasionally squint until an age of six months. In the first months, the changing eye position is an expression of the growth of the baby's eye and the development of eye movement control.

If the baby's eye is constantly squinting, then there may be something wrong. With continuous squinting, further research needs to be done. This will be done by an ophthalmologist or an orthoptist. An orthoptist is someone who specializes in examining and treating abnormalities of eye or sharp vision. The orthoptist works together with the ophthalmologist.

It is not normal for a baby to regularly squint after half a year, the parents should speak to their baby's GP. The baby is then referred to an ophthalmologist or orthoptist.

A child of 1 year should never squint, even when very tired. If you notice that your child is still squinting at this age, even if only occasionally, make an appointment with the GP or the clinic. They can provide a referral letter for an ophthalmologist or an orthoptist.

Keep a close eye on your eye
It is important to keep a close eye on squinting. A lazy eye can not see sharply even if the eye itself is perfectly healthy. The double vision caused by crossed eyes is actually suppressed by the brain for a while.

The consultation office
At the age of 11 or 14 months, 2.6 years and 3.9 years, the doctor looks at the eyes of the child. It is checked whether there is a lazy eye and whether both eyes are straight. The first examination at the clinic also checks if the pupils are pretty clear and there is no question of cataracts. At the age of 1 month, 2 months and 3 months, we also check whether baby's sight is developing okay.

Treatment
A lazy eye must be treated. The treatment consists of masking the good eye and / or a spectacle correction. The treatment is generally performed by an orthoptist, but in collaboration with the ophthalmologist. Surgically, the tilted eye can be straightened out. The younger the child when initiating a treatment, the faster the recovery will occur. In general, the course is such that treatment is very successful for up to 5 years, somewhat successful from 5 to 7 years of age, and from the seventh / eighth year onwards it is almost impossible to do.

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