Detecting strabismus and amblyopia in children

All children, whether or not they are at risk for amblyopia (lazy eye), should have their eyes examined during their regular well-child visits with their primary care doctor or provider; detecting and treating amblyopia as early as possible will make a real difference later on in their lives. In addition to the well-baby exams that all babies should have as newborns and between ages 6 to 12 months, preschool-aged children should have their vision screened by their pediatrician or primary care doctor between 3 and 4 years old.

Healthy-childMost primary care or pediatric doctors test vision as part of a child's medical examination. They may refer a child to an ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) if there is any sign of eye problems.

If there is a family history of misaligned eyes, childhood cataracts or a serious eye disease, an ophthalmologist should examine the eyes during infancy.

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Reviewed by Dr. Denise Satterfield on Sept. 1, 2013

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