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seven month old with possible crossed eye/lazy eye/squint?(4 Posts)
I've made a GP appointment about this, but my surgery is crazily busy, so it's not for a fortnight, and I'm worried.
I'm not entirely sure, because he's so active that it's difficult to get him to look straight at me for more than a second, but my 7.5 month old baby's left eye doesn't always seem to follow his right exactly, giving him at times a slightly cross-eyed look. I only started to notice this recently, and my DH says he doesn't see it at all, and that I'm imagining it.
I know crossed eyes are common in younger babies, but should it have cleared up by the time a child is seven months?
I also know there is a thing called pseudostrabismus caused by babies having wide bridges on their noses - he does have a wide bridge and wide-set eyes.
Any thoughts or experiences?
No, it's perfectly normal at this age, and fact sometimes older. We were concerned about DD having what appeared to be a lazy eye at 20m or thereabouts but the GP reassured us and also sent us to the eye clinic to be on the safe side - it was all fine and now she's 3.6 and there's no hint of it.
We were worried about this an we're referred for checks.
Turned out it was something called pseudo-squint which essentially happens when a child's face is kind of making it look like they have a squint when actually they don't at all.
DD is 21 months now and her face shape has really changed and it's not visible at all.
DS was still "sort of" squinting at 7+ months and we saw the GP: were referred to the Opthalmology department at the local hospital - where they did tests. I also took DS to see a very good Eye Specialist in London (privately).
DH and I both have bad eyesight (DH is -7 and I am +7 and, no, they can' equal each other out...). I also had a squint as a child (patching etc, but no surgery), we think that DH did too. So eyesight is rather a worry with DS!
However, through thorough testing and over time, DS's squint stop showing any sign (definitely from 18 months, but quite probably quite a bit earlier) and his eye sight is still testing "within normal ranges for his age" (last tested at 2 years 3 months, he is now 2 years 9 months and can spot things that I can't when I have contact lenses in! (like airplanes in the sky etc))
I think that many babies have quite big eyes and quite a wide bridge, but DS is half Chinese (and has very rounded, yet Chinese shaped eyes) - so he has "what looks like a squint" (as the opthalmologist and the specialist said). As he has grown into his face, this has disappeared.
I think that you are doing the right thing, but I would say "do not worry": chances are that it will be nothing, but - if it is something - then it is caught early (and the earlier the better).. It also isn't a fast process: after you have seen the GP, you will need to wait for an Opthalmology appointment (and should expect this to take a month or longer - especially over the festive season). So if you worry about it now, you will have quite a long time to worry before you get much in the way of answers...
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