We just took our 6 1/2-month-old to the eye doctor to see if she is cross-eyed. She is not, but the doctor did say that she is near-sighted and will probably need glasses by the time she is 4. Is there anything we can do to keep her eyesight from getting worse?
No, you can't do anything to change the course of her visual development. Keep a good eye (!) on her functional vision, noting how well she can or can't use vision to play and interact with the world. Take her to all the follow-up appointments, which should happen every six months or so. Corrective lenses are often prescribed for babies who need them, so she won't have to wait until age 4 if she needs them earlier. If the examining doctor wasn't a pediatric ophthalmologist, you might what to consult one for another opinion. Very young children have special eye issues, so be sure she gets the right professional for this specialized field.