Never assume a turned eye is 'nothing'

If you think your baby’s eyes are not both looking directly at you when they face you, or if you catch a glimpse of white in their pupil, then having them seen by us or your GP straight away may be very, very important.

Serious causes of a turned eye are fortunately rare, but all need very prompt diagnosis and treatment to enable the eye to see.

Up to 2% of young children will start to have one eye turn in or out, if they are seen and treated for this they will have good vision and straight eyes for the rest of their lives.

baby and mumIt’s not always easy to tell, such as whether this child’s left eye is turned inwards (it isn’t, they are simply looking towards you across their nose).

The reflection of a light should be bright and equally centered in each eye. If not then they should be seen.

Babies have eyes close together and very wide skin folds across their noses. This makes it look as though an eye may be turned inwards.pseudostrabismus

Wide epicanthic folds


Every baby with any thought of having a turned eye should be seen.

And if you see that the reflection of light is not symmetrical (as in the picture shown on the left) then don’t delay.

A true inward turn will show even when they are looking directly at you, their face straight. but it may come and go, being worse when the child is focusing on small details or near objects.

Right esotropia