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Could my 2 month old be blind?

I am terrified! I was playing with my 2 month old this evening and just realized that she is not tracking with her eyes - AT ALL. I tried moving every kind of toy/object (including high contrast/black and white things) back and forth in front of her, and she didn't track any of them. She won't even follow my face. What REALLY scared me is that I acted like I was going to jab her in the eye with my finger, and stopped just short of her eye, and she never blinked or flinched. Not even slowly or after a delay. I did this at least a dozen times, each eye separately and both eyes together.
I had noticed several other things previously, including:
- her eyes are crossed extremely frequently
- occasionally, when her eyes are crossed, one will move but not the other
- she rarely seems to hold my gaze
- she rarely smiles
She will, however, respond to light. If the room is dark and I turn the lights on, she blinks or squints.
I am calling the pediatrician for an appointment first thing this morning, but I am really curious about what anyone thinks about this. Thanks so much!

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Your doctor will probably refer you to an ophthalmologist. Try to get a pediatric ophthalmologist since she is so young.

The doctors are the best equipped to evaluate your daughter's vision but your comprehensive checklist will be helpful

Please get back to us after you've seen the doctor, so we can give you whatever information you might need.



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Thanks so much. We have an appointment with our ped today at 1:15 CST. In the meantime, I am doing some observation during her alert time. I've been passing various B/W toys back in forth 6-8" in front of her face, then making tally marks for each time she tracks and each time she doesn't. I also make comments regarding whether her eyes are crossed or if one eye is turned inward. I also do something similar to see if she tracks me as I walk back and forth 5' in front of her. I'm just getting started, but so far she's tracked toys 3 out of 15 times (and those yes's seemed iffy) and my walking 0 out of 15 times. However, if I do the same thing with the sun behind me and the object casts a shadow on her face, she seemed to track a whole lot more, so that's slightly encouraging. To be sure, I did the tests so that there was no shadow. Anyway, at least I have some objective data to share with the ped at our appointment.

I'll keep you posted. Thanks again!


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We had our ped appointment yesterday. He is definitely concerned and referred me to a pediatric ophthalmologist. My daughter will be seeing Dr. Sean Donahue at Vanderbilt in Nashville in two weeks. It will feel like a long time to wait, but I understand that we were lucky to get in with him so early. He's supposed to be one of the best in his field.

My ped said that separately, each of my daughter's symptoms wouldn't have been cause to worry, but the fact that she had all of them was. He was especially concerned about her not blinking/flinching/reacting when I pretended that I was going to poke her in the eye. (That's the one that scares me the most, because as far as her inability to track goes, some babies just hit milestones later than others.)

My DH has been on a business trip since Mon. morning (I discovered the problem Mon. night), and I chose not to tell him when he called. (He calls frequently, so I had to be careful!) People don't understand why I've chosen to wait, but in the past when he was away and I had bad news for him, he later told me that he was grateful that I waited until he returned. If one of the kids was in the hospital or something, that would be a different story; he'd be on his way home in a heartbeat. But in this case, there isn't anything he could do even if he were home. Her condition is not likely to worsen in two days. As far as my emotional well-being goes, I have a tremendous support system which has helped me to hang in there for teh past two days. My church is awesome and I'm very close to our preschool pastor. She would be here in a flash if I needed her. I have so many friends who are willing to lend an ear or do anything I need. And, I've been blessed with the most godly, precious MIL. We are very close and talk a lot. (She was in perfect agreement w/my decision to wait to tell him.) Most of all, I have Christ! I honestly don't know how I could get through times like these without Him. When I pray and study His word, I am reassured that I am never alone and that He is greater than any crisis I could ever face.

Anyway, he will be home tonight and I will be able to tell him. In one way, I'm bursting to get this off my chest; in another way, of course, I dread it. I've had nearly two days to adjust to the news, but for him it will be fresh and raw.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and support! I will continue to keep you posted.



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I'm haveing the same issue with my foster child.
He can be sleeping by you but if he dont feel you he freaks. He dont fallow my finger ,but blinks to light. I worry because he is a drug babie.If I take a flash light and spin it around he dont seem to notice in less its directly in his eyes. like you I almost poked his eyes out with out him blinking once. His eyes will roll up. I see the DHS clinc DR in 1 week & I'll be talking to her about it.


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Have you had any results yet?
Hope all is well..it was at 2 months that I noticed a problem with my sons eyes, like the issues you have noticed. He does have a problem. Hope yours is better news, but if not, you are not alone.

Been there, done that, still getting several t-shirts and one hell of a lot of experience.....

Hopefully you won;t need it, but if so, please reply.

All the best

Helen and Fred xx


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I have a son who just turned one month old , was born 1 week early. He does not track my finger or anything. He does not flinch or close his eyes when I act like I am going to poke him in the eye. He does respond to light. Is it too early to assume he is blind?


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I realize this is an old thread but I am curious. How did everything go at the hospital? We just discovered our 2 month old doesn't seem to track objects or even see our faces. We have an appointment in four days and would like a little hope to shine on our situation.


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Hello,
Did any one of you get any result from the doctor, my son has the same pblm. Would like to know , what could the cause and treatment. can he see? Please respond any of you.


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Hi,i am twenty and had my first son so i honestly do not know a whole lot about how baby's develop, but i am worry because it seems like every other two month old seems to look straight at there mother or the person in front of them.
i have a month old son. he typically only looks up at the ceiling, as if he is rolling his eyes. And he will look at me or his dad for maybe 5-30sec. at a time maybe 3 or 4 times a day. He does not track any toys. or does not fix his eyes on our faces and does not follow them if we look away or walk away.
I've been praying non stop, but i would really like to know what happened in you're situations. im very very scarred and worried about him. If any of you could please respond, i will be very grateful to hear if your baby is starting to track anything or what the Dr.'s have said. Most of all if i would like to know if this is something he will grow out of or that he is just developing slower and he will soon start to see and track.
please reply to me. after readding all of your post and saying you guys have a support system, this is my only support system, my husband just keeps says that everything will be fine and will not talk about it. i'd greatly appretiate any reply, help or adivice. Thank you all very much. (i never really knew there were post or anything about this or people who had the same thing going on. i just googled it and i am to happy there are other moms out there all lifting eachother up or acknowledging the problem, and researching it more. thanks again.


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I am having the same problem... But he does flinch a bit when I put my fingers in his face and he does somehow feel the light... I have an appt with an optamologist tomorrow so plz keep me and my son in your prayers...


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