Shaken baby syndrome victims may experience visual problems?

Ah, shaken baby syndrome. The topic we’ve all been avoiding since our parents held us in their arms for the first time and told us that they would never harm a hair on our heads. Well, fast forward to now and you’re wondering what this has got to do with vision problems? Plenty! They say that eyes are windows to your soul but for many babies who are at the mercy of an overworked caregiver, those windows become more like shattered glass.

What is Shaken Baby Syndrome?

In case you’re one of those folks living under a rock (or really good bubble wrap), let’s start by defining what SBS actually is. It occurs when someone forcefully shakes or throws an infant or young child causing their brain to move back and forth within the skull leading to external head injuries and internal bleeding. This trauma can cause severe developmental delays, seizures, cerebral palsy, learning difficulties as well as vision impairment among other health complications.

Visual Impairment: The Tip of An Icyberg

When it comes down to researching either short-term or long-term effects of illnesses such as SBS (traumatic brain injury) , most studies have had promising results yet tend not account for everything in its entirety.
Of course there are some cases where shaken baby syndrome symptoms manifest immediately after that first shake while others appear later,but according t some medical practitioners “There isn’t enough awareness about how minor visual disorders could contribute towards quality-of-life outcomes.” Which begs the question just exactly what kind issues should people be looking out for?

Tracking Problems

Most humans can follow movement easily; from kids playing catch on a sunny day at the playground,to pets chasing after flying insect…okay maybe just cats, but none more so than infants..Except when they suddenly cannot track anymore then something might have shifted internally

Tracking difficulties occur in around 35 to 45% of children with significant head injury, according to a review article published in OPHTHALMOLOGY. This might not be exclusive to shaken baby syndrome victims but it doesn’t mean they aren’t susceptible as well.

Reduced Visual Acuity

Acuity refers to how sharp an individual’s vision is – it affects their ability to see fine details and more importantly read small texts from afar such as that stuck at the back of your closet or clearly reading street names when driving.The American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) states that visual acuity could drop during the conditioning phase after a traumatic brain injury, adding “For children who have suffered mild concussion-like injuries, visual symptoms like blurriness can be some of the most frustrating.”

Ataxic Vision

Ataxia manifests when there is damage done n the cerebellum thereby causing involuntary movements which most times are unpredictable for example twitching. In terms what this means for SBS patients.,Well research has shown that it may impact depth perception making them prone accidental falls and other safety issues.


Double vision or diplopia bring its own set complications especially if happens at night time come bedtime…..Picture yourself trying to put your little one down only for them start complaining about two teddies in their bed despite being alone

Don’t throw away those rose tinted glasses just yet despite all these possible outcomes! Ophthalmologists say recovery is certainly possible through treatment plans like therapeutic eyewear; exercises involving tracking objects visually across screen (digital games anyone?) which makes it easier on parents looking after kids with special needs anywhere.


Our eyes allow us precious moments with our loved ones so they need every bit care we can give them.If you suspect an infant under are care may suddenly cannot track movement anymore due perhaps sustained earlier trauma then seeking out quality medical intervention promptly is highly encouraged!.It bears repeating that traumatic brain injuries, such as shaken baby syndrome, can lead to unpredictable visual impairments—but with the right treatment, these symptoms are not impossible to manage. So keep an eye out (pun fully intended).

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