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Q. Should I be concerned about my son's restricted eye movement?

Answered by
Dr. Vaibhev Mittal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 14, 2016 and last reviewed on: Feb 27, 2020

Hi doctor,

My son is 10 days old. His right eye has never turned towards right. It has looked left, straight, up and down but never right. His left eye has a full range of movement. I have read about squint strabismus. However, I do not read anything about a restricted eye movement. Should I be concerned?

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  • Restricted eye movement suggests two things:
  1. Duane Retraction syndrome (DRS).
  2. Congenital sixth nerve palsy.
  • DRS is usually associated with decrease in palpebral aperture in left gaze and normal in attempted right gaze. So look for that.
  • Both the above are conditions associated with squint.
  • Important point is that the squint at this age may lead to amblyopia (lazy eye).
  • Please do not waste. Consult a pediatric ophthalmologist and rule out amblyopia.

For further information consult an eye care ophthalmologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/eye-care-ophthalmologist


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