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Issue with 2yo eyes CaperMommy TTC since Dec 2016; 2 kids; Somewhere over the rainbow., OZ, Canada 1236 posts
Feb 19th '17

Lately I noticed my 2yo dd crosses one of her eyes(right eye turns out). I am not sure if it is out of habit or if she is trying to focus. Its a holiday tomorrow. So on Tuesday I am going to call the eye dr to make an appointment, Hopefully it will not be a long wait. But most likely its going to be close to a month wait.
Until than, I have a couple questions.
Has any one ever experience this with their LO? What could it be?
How do they test toddlers eyes, she is a very active child? It's going to be a challenge to get her to stay still long enough.



Abigail's mommy 2009 1 child; Syracuse, New York 244 posts
Feb 19th '17

My dd who is 8 now has been wearing glasses since she was 1.  One of her eyes crossed like that occassionally, mostly when she was focusing on something or tired. It turned out that she has Accommodative esotropia which is a type of strabismus.  The eye muscles in one of her eyes is weaker than the other so that's why her eye crosses like that.  I would definitely get it checked out as soon as possible because while it might be nothing, if there is an issue the sooner you get help the better the outcome is.  When my dd was a year old they tested her eyes by dilating them then looking in them with lights and prisms and magnifying glasses.  As she became a bit older they were able to use basic shapes like an eye chart with letters but with shapes that she knew.  

♡J+C+B+J+0=5♡ 5 kids; Godfrey, IL, United States 5321 posts
Feb 20th '17

Not sure how it is there but here they send children under 5 to a specialist. They do a bunch of tests but nothing too challenging. My 3 year old was just examined because his teacher claims he would cross one of his eyes occasionally. I never saw him do it myself but didnt see the harm in getting him checked out.

.casper. 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Neverland, NJ, Christmas Island 2013 posts
Feb 20th '17

My son has a squint. His right eye turns. They put drops in their eyes to dilate them, and then wait around 30-45 mins to make sure they're pupils are really big so they can see behind them. Then they shine a light in their eyes and put all sorts of different lenses in front. They do that yearly. But every 3 months DS also has a check up to keep an eye on the squint. They put fuzzy pictures in front of him to see if he can see hidden pictures and wave toys in front of them to see how his eyes follow. He doesn't sit still for anything. We take lots of snacks for him to chew while they're doing it, raisins are a good one. They also let him play with the lenses which keeps him occupied and sat on the chair. Just a tip though....the drops sting their eyes!

Drew90 Due December 28; 3 kids; 3 angel babies; Hodgdon, ME, United States 7424 posts
Feb 20th '17

Quoting Abigail's mommy 2009:
My dd who is 8 now has been wearing glasses since she was 1.  One of her eyes crossed like that occassionally, mostly when she was focusing on something or tired. It turned out that she has Accommodative esotropia which is a type of strabismus.  The eye muscles in one of her eyes is weaker than the other so that's why her eye crosses like that.  I would definitely get it checked out as soon as possible because while it might be nothing, if there is an issue the sooner you get help the better the outcome is.  When my dd was a year old they tested her eyes by dilating them then looking in them with lights and prisms and magnifying glasses.  As she became a bit older they were able to use basic shapes like an eye chart with letters but with shapes that she knew.  


This.  My dd2 has the same thing.  She's only 14mo we are trying glasses first but the doc said he is probably going to have to do surgery. =(

Captain Bitchface New York, 774 posts
Feb 20th '17

When you call make sure you tell them why you are making the appointment because they tend to squeeze more urgent situations in faster. Something like an eye turning in/out vs just an eye exam is urgent. My oldest eye turned in, he had strabismus that couldn't be corrected with a patch or glasses and ended up needing surgery.

CaperMommy TTC since Dec 2016; 2 kids; Somewhere over the rainbow., OZ, Canada 1236 posts
Feb 20th '17

Thanks ladies, I will definitely call to make an appointment tomorrow. I am going to try to get a picture or video the next time she does it, incase she doesn't do it there, just to give them an idea what she does. It is becoming more frequent so want to get it checked out asap... even if it is nothing. Better safe than sorry.