Infants Can Be Born with an Eye Disease
When we think of eye diseases, we often think of older people. But infants
and children can have eye diseases, also. To prevent vision loss or blindness, these diseases
need to be diagnosed and treated early.
Not all eye diseases are obvious just by looking at the child. Often, children will not realize they have a vision problem. They assume everyone sees the way they do. Some children may realize that they have problems seeing, but won't know how to describe what they see to others.
While eye disease is uncommon in children, it is more likely to occur if:
Childhood Eye Diseases
If a child has one of the problems listed below, he or she should have an eye exam by an eye doctor as soon as possible. No infant or child is too young to have an eye exam.
The sooner an eye disease is treated, the better. Early treatment can prevent vision loss. In some cases, if the disease is not treated, the child could lose his or her ability to see.
Treatment for eye diseases could include one or more of the following:
For more information about eye diseases, check out:
Eye Diseases at www.willseye.org, click on topics and then
click on pediatrics.
Eye Health under Diseases at Medical Library at www.medem.com.
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Date of Last Update: 07/27/12