Signs your baby may have vision problems

(WXYZ) - You may be able to tell your baby has vision problems by the time he or she is three months old.

Dr. Paul Rychwalski is a pediatric ophthalmologist at Cleveland Clinic's Cole Eye Institute.

He says parents can identify problems early on by looking into their baby's eyes.

"Tracking is probably the most important thing," Dr. Rychwalski said. "A normal full-term child will start to fixate on objects and track those objects side to side as early as two to three months of age."

Parents can also find signs by looking at baby photos.

If you see anything white in the pupils in the pictures, it could be a sign of a vision problem developing.

He also suggests paying close attention to the appearance of your baby's eyes.

"Drifting of the eyes is common in early childhood and in early infancy, but a persistent crossing of the eye or drifting of the eye is also a sign," Dr. Rychwalski said.

If you notice any of these symptoms in your baby, make an appointment with your child's pediatrician.

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