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Question:
My 8 year-old granddaughter turns her head completely to one side when she watches television. She watches out of one eye only. Her vision has been checked and vision in both eyes is good. However, this does not seem right. What could cause this?

Answer:
You are correct to be concerned. Children will adopt an abnormal face turn if it helps to improve their vision, and their vision may test as normal when checked. Problems that can be associated with an abnormal head posture include strabismus (misaligned eyes), nystagmus (constant shaking of the eyes), and refractive error (need for glasses) among others. It can also be caused by reduced hearing in one ear, tight neck muscles, or can even be due to a habit. A visit to an Eye M.D. is a good place to start looking for the cause.

Answered by: David K. Coats, MD Dr. David K. Coats

Categories: Eye Conditions, Children's Eye Health

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