Dr. Golareh Fazilat of Children’s Eye Center of Orange County is an experienced pediatric ophthalmologist. She sees children of all ages for all types of eye and vision issues, including eye discharge in infants.
Does my infant need to be seen by a doctor?
Eye discharge can be common in infants due to their underdeveloped tear ducts, which makes drainage away from the eye complicated until the ducts develop. However, sometimes this can be treated at home. It’s an indication of something more serious, like an infection, if the discharge is yellow or green. It’s also a potential concern if there is redness or swelling around your infant’s eyes.
In general, it is a good idea to contact our office and schedule an appointment if you notice any sudden changes to your infant’s eyes, such as the color or consistency of discharge or their appearance.