Several eye problems are often seen in newborns and children, some of which are no cause for concern and will self-correct naturally. In either case, any apparent abnormality should be checked by a doctor, as it could be the sign of a more serious condition.
Blocked tear ducts are a condition seen in 2 to 4 percent of newborns and of these cases, 90 percent resolve naturally.
Amblyopia, or lazy eye as it is more commonly known, is a common condition that affects one out of every 40 children. To correct this condition the child will probably need to wear an eye patch on the normal eye.
Although Cataracts are much more common in adults, children can be born with this condition or develop it later. Cataract must be removed as soon as possible irrespective of the age.
Another common eye problem often seen in infants and children is Strabismus, or crossed eyes. Surgery to correct strabismus is generally quick and painless and the child can usually resume normal activities within a day or two.
More common in school-age children, infectious Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is one of the most common eye conditions, due to its highly contagious nature. Treatment of Pink Eye can depend on which type it is. Bacterial Conjunctivitis is treated with antibiotics in a drop or ointment. Viral Conjunctivitis cannot be treated with antibiotics and will usually clear up on its own n just a few days.