Abnormal eye movements or

suspected loss of vision


  • Visual abnormalities are common in babies and young children – most are not caused by a brain tumour.

  • The most common visual abnormality in babies and young children is a squint, in which the two eyes do not look in the same direction. Squints are very rarely caused by a brain tumour, but do require assessment by an ophthalmologist when first noted.

  • Abnormal appearance or movements of the eye are an important symptom to look out for – for example, if one eye is bulging, or if the eyes appear wobbly, quivering or flicking.

When looking for signs of a brain tumour in babies and young children, you should also be aware of suspected loss of vision. Various changes in bahviour may indicate loss of vision including:

  • Reduced awareness of people or toys in front of them or to the sides.

  • Reduced ability to focus on people and/or to follow moving objects with their eyes.

  • Increased stumbling or bumping into things as they move around.

  • Being clingy in unfamiliar surroundings.

  • Choosing to sit closer to the television to watch it.

  • Nursery or school staff noticing changes during class activities that involve visual signals or information e.g. reading ability.

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