Eye Problems In Babies: Symptoms and Treatment

Eye problems in babies should be detected well in time so that they can be solved to avoid future issues with the child's vision. Eyes are the most actively used sensory organ. Reading, writing, learning, watching and many other things cannot be done effectively without good vision. And when it comes to toddlers, it becomes a prime concern. 

Common Symptoms & Treatment of Eye Problems in Babies:

Before you consult a doctor, it is good to have a general idea about the symptoms. This will help you to take the right decision. Here are some common eye problems in babies with their treatments-

Red Eyelids:

An indication of an eye infection.


Oversensitivity could be due to increased pressure in the eyes.

Watery eyes:

Sign of blocked tear ducts.

White pupil:

Might be serious, immediately contact an eye specialist.


Conjunctivitis in toddlers occurs due to an infection and blocked tear ducts. Eyelids become red and swollen, watery/ thick pus-like discharges come out of the eyes. Antibiotic eye drops give relief, however, before applying any, consult a doctor. To unblock the tear duct, regularly give a gentle massage at the corner of the eye. Clean the affected eye in every 2–3 hours with lukewarm water.


Pseudostrabismus is when infant’s eyes look crossed but are actually straight. This is because of a wide nasal bridge or extra folds in the skin. In most of the cases, it doesn’t require any treatment and gets better with time as the baby grows up.

Amblyopia or “Lazy Eye”:

Amblyopia is common among infants and usually happens in one eye. It happens when anyone eye has better focus than the other eye. It is curable if detected early, else the vision will not develop correctly. You can try some small measures to improve it — use dim lights in the room, keep changing his sleeping position, display toys close to him and keep him engaged.

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