• Granddaughter opens her eyes very wide while sitting in the car, eating, etc. Should we be concerned?


    Question:

    My 20-month-old granddaughter has just started opening her eyes real wide just out of the blue, for example, while sitting in the car, eating, etc. This will last a couple of seconds. What could be the reasoning behind this and should we be concerned?


    Answer:

    If the child's developmental milestones have all been met appropriately at the pediatric visits and vision testing has been normal at the pediatric office, I do not see a cause for alarm. This is not characteristic for any particular eye problem and may just be a way for your child to try to see more or to attract attention. Having said that, some "tics" or habits can form at a young age. If any concern continues you may have your pediatrician refer you to a pediatric eye doctor to make sure ocular development is normal.


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