CHILDREN AND EYE DISORDERS
Children’s eyes – critical development and challenges
Children’s eyes go through a critical phase of development. The eye is complex, and a number of eye disorders exist, which children can suffer from. Below is a handful of these …
Be sure to contact your doctor if you suspect your child may have poor eyesight.
LAZY EYE – AMBLYOPIA
Amblyopia is more commonly referred to as lazy eye in English, which is because the brain isn’t used to using that eye. Between two to three per cent of all Danes suffer from amblyopia and poor vision in one eye.
Children’s eyes should point in the same direction. Crossed eyes is when both eyes point in two different directions. It is important to detect and treat the disorder as early as possible, as there is a risk that it may adversely affect the child’s normal development of vision. It can cause one of the eyes to become lazy. Approximately four per cent of all children in Denmark suffer from crossed eyes – either from birth or after having developed them in childhood.
Styes are reddish boils that occurs on, or in, the eyelid. They occur as a result of an infection in a clogged duct in the eyelid glands. As a result, swelling can occur that ultimately may require surgical removal. Infants are often prone to styes.
Cataracts in childhood are a rare eye disorder and can either be present at birth or develop during childhood. Cataracts are caused by blurry disturbances in the lens of the eye, which prevent light from passing through the lens, thus preventing a sharp image from being developed on the retina.
If you suspect your child may suffer from cataracts then contact your doctor immediately!
Read ‘The blog
’ if you want to read more about Alma, who was born with congenital cataracts.