My babies eyes look in different directions, is this normal at 5 weeks?

Elizabeth - posted on 05/07/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5 weeks old today, I've noticed for a long time that often one eye will be looking in a direction and the other isn't looking in the same direction... it's worse when she's falling asleep. And I try wiggling my fingers just out of her direct line of sight and can't get her to look at the movement- she just seems to be staring off at nothing most of the time. Her next appointment is Tuesday- but I'm worried that she may have sight problems. My son is turning two on tuesday- and I don't remember having either problem. he was looking at things and following me with his eyes early in life. Does anyone know about this problem, or have children who've had this problem?

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Heather - posted on 06/15/2011

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I had this same thing with my 2 year old. I mentioned it at every ped visit and they kept telling me it's normal and goes away by around 4 months. At 6 months it still hadn't corrected so we went to an eye dr and they diagnosed her with a lazy eye. We started with glasses and instead of patching they dilated the good eye to encourage the bad one to work well and strengthen the muscles.
She's almost 3 now and the lazy eye is almost completely unnoticeable now. But, my 7 week old twins both are doing the same thing so I'm wondering if I'm in for it again!

Elizabeth - posted on 05/08/2011

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I did some research and this is what i found:
Strabismus occurs when the eye muscles fail to work together and are misaligned, which many be constant or intermittent. It's not uncommon for a newborn's eyes to cross and appear unfocused, but this usually corrects itself by the time the baby is four months old. If after four months, the baby is still having problems focusing the eyes or keeping them straight, this could be strabismus. According to Prevent Blindness America, only 2 percent of children in the United States have strabismus and half of those are born with it.
Strabismus will not disappear on its own and is not something children outgrow. If left untreated, your infant could develop amblyopia, or lazy eye, which causes vision loss in an eye that appears healthy.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/226077...

Strabismus means that the eyes don't work together; they may turn in two different directions or cross. Strabismus occurs in approximately 4 percent of infants. The misalignment of the eyes results in the brain receiving two different signals, which leads to a shutting off of the vision to one eye. The term for eyes that turn inward is esotropia; exotropia is the term for eyes that turn outward. Infant strabismus is usually caused by muscles that are too tight; surgery is done to align the eyes. Strabismus that's not treated can lead to amblyopia and vision loss.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/77366-...

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Mikaela - posted on 03/15/2013

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It would be wonderful to hear what happened with your daughter's vision. My baby girl is 11 weeks old and she still has an inward turning eye a lot of the time...I am starting to worry. I would love to hear from other moms about this...

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