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Managing Lazy Eye in Babies and Toddlers

Parents might worry when they discover that a young child has myopia or lazy eye (nearsightedness). For babies and toddlers, this raises questions about their vision development and overall health. The good news is that early detection allows eye care professionals to take steps to support normal growth and potentially slow further myopia progression down the road.

For infants and pre-schoolers diagnosed with lazy eye, the first priority is making sure they can see clearly. This often involves prescribing glasses. Your eye doctor will also monitor the child's vision and health.

While lenses and drops have shown promise controlling myopia from ages 4-6, younger kids focus on visual stimulation through outdoor play, limiting screen time, and following-up regularly with eye exams. These healthy habits are important for all children's eye development.

If myopia remains stable or mild, treatment may not be needed right away. But more severe cases could signal underlying issues. Additional evidence-based options like low-dose atropine eye drops may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The good news is that recognizing and addressing nearsightedness early on sets kids up for lifelong eye wellness. With guidance from professionals and parents prioritizing good vision habits, even young children with myopia can see their full potential.


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