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Diagnosis of Strabismus

If your child is showing any of the following signs and symptoms of strabismus, you should call today and schedule an appointment for an eye exam with one of our pediatric ophthalmologists.

Strabismus in newborns: Many parents are told that a baby’s eyes may not be completely aligned in the first three months of life. It is not unusual for a baby’s eyes to occasionally wander outward, but if this happens all the time or if the eyes cross inward, especially constantly, your baby should have an eye exam.

Strabismus after 3 months of age: If you notice one or both of your baby’s eyes wandering out or crossing in after 3 months of age, your baby should have an eye exam.

Head tilting or squinting: Children with strabismus may tilt their head in order to effectively line up the eyes to use them together or they may squint one eye, especially in bright sunlight, to block out a double image resulting from the misaligned eyes pointing in different directions.

Red eye reflection in one eye: An annoyance in family pictures, the “red eye” reflection can sometimes provide valuable information about vision. If “red eye” is showing in only one eye rather than both eyes, it may be a tip-off that your child is having a vision problem and should have an eye exam.

When a sibling has strabismus: If a brother or sister has been diagnosed with strabismus, it is a good idea to have your baby or child examined, even if there are no obvious signs of the problem.

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