Most children have healthy, normal eyes, but a few are born with serious eye diseases or disorders, some of which may not be obvious. If your child's eyes look like any of those illustrated below, call your physician at the suggested time.
May indicate cataract, tumor, inflammation, or detached retina.
Lump, swelling or drooping of lid
May be an inflammation, which is an emergency if it happens suddenly and the lid is red and hot. Also may indicate muscle weakness or tumor causing blockage of vision.
This may be a sign of glaucoma in both newborn and infant, especially when the child's eye waters and avoids light.
Tearing, discharge or redness
A sign of infection or tear duct blockage.
Eye turns inward or outward
Eye(s) misaligned (turned in or out) or "lazy eye". Eye turned in or out might lead to loss of vision.
Eyes jiggle or rotate; baby does not look at you. A sign of disease of the nervous system anywhere between the eyes and the brain.
To one shoulder, forward (chin down) or to one side. Child may be avoiding double or blurred vision.
Part of the iris is missing. May be the outward sign of a defect of the inside of the eye.
One pupil larger. May be a sign of nerve damage or tumor which is visible in one eye.