Eye health of your baby

Eye health of your baby

Apart from routine doctor checks, you should not neglect your baby's eye examination until the age of 1 at the latest. Otherwise, problems that can be easily solved by early diagnosis can cause permanent diseases. International Hospital Ophthalmology Specialist Op.Dr.Nezih Özdemir warns the families by saying me Visual impairment may start from birth ”.

: When should a baby first go to an ophthalmologist?
op.dr.nezihBabies should be examined within 1 month after birth. But in some special cases it is essential to see a doctor without neglect. These situations are:

After birth:
If the pupils get a gray - white color
When your baby cannot look at the light
When the pupils become too large or the eyelids hang down

From 6 to 12 months:
If your baby was born prematurely
Late developmental stages
If you wear glasses yourself
If you have eye problems like squint, astigmatism

: When does visual impairment start in babies?
op.dr.nezihVisual impairment may begin from birth. It usually becomes more prominent in adolescence starting from the ages of 7-8.

: How to tell if infants have an eye disorder?
op.dr.nezihEven adults cannot easily see if there is a disorder in their eyes, but when their complaints increase, they go to an ophthalmologist. Visual disturbances, which are hardly noticed by us even as adults, carry a greater risk for minors in this respect. Therefore, your child's biggest helper is the parents. Parents need to examine their children to catch signs of visual impairment. In the doctor's examination, the pupil is enlarged and performed by a method called skiascopy.

: Which eye diseases are most common in childhood?
op.dr.nezihThey are the most common vision disorders in childhood. (Myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism) Normally, at the age of 1 is expected to become clearer and recognize the faces of the baby's parents. If you find that your baby doesn't recognize you and can't separate you from other people, you should take her to an ophthalmologist. Otherwise, if visual impairment is detected and treatment is not started until the age of 3, very severe eye disorders called laziness may occur. Especially in unilateral eye disorders, the family usually does not notice this until the child reaches school age. However, when it is noticed after the age of 7, the chance of treatment is completely eliminated. Therefore, children with or without eye disorder in the family, children undergo a 3-year eye screening is required.

One of the eye diseases that usually occur in childhood is the drift of the eye. In congenital shifts, early surgery is preferred at the age of 1 - 1.5 years. In the shifts occurring around 3 years; After a careful examination, glasses treatment is applied. If the slip is in a single eye, a laziness can develop in this eye that cannot be treated in the future. The use of glasses is essential to avoid such a situation.

: What are the causes of these diseases? How is it treated?
op.dr.nezihMyopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, such as vision disorders are corrected with glasses. It is generally recommended to wear glasses in case of eye slippage. The most important step in the treatment of lazy eye is early diagnosis.

: What are the points to be considered when choosing glasses in infancy and childhood?
op.dr.nezihThe points to be considered in the selection of glasses, glasses are not tight, fit snugly on the nose, is made of plastic or hard to break material. It is also necessary to apply the prescription measurements correctly to the glasses.

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