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WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK MY CHILD HAS A TURN IN HIS OR HER EYE?
When a child is very young the binocular (two eyes together) system of vision is not fully developed, so the eyes do not always look as if they are focusing together. If after about six months there still seems to be a turn (squint) in an eye (or if there is ever a definite squint), bring your child in for us to check. Often the appearance of squint is just caused by the child having a very small bridge to the nose and when the child looks to one side the eye partly disappears into the fold of skin by the bridge, but it is VERY important that an opthalmic professional checks this out. Left untreated a squint could cause poor vision in the effected eye, but treatment, through eye exercises, glasses if needed, or in rare cases, surgery, is readily available. It is important to have your children's eyes examined anyway, but particularly important if you have ANY doubts about whether their eyes are straight or not.