Down's syndrome is a condition where someone is born with an extra chromosome. People with Down’s syndrome will have some level of learning disability and are more likely to have problems with their eyes like cataracts, where the lens in the eye becomes cloudy. This means that it is really important for people to get the eye care they need.
People with Down’s syndrome are more likely to have problems with their eyes. These include:
Some people with Down’s syndrome get sore, crusty and itchy eyelids. This is called blepharitis.
Sometimes people may get a sore and itchy eye which can be painful and irritating. This is called conjunctivitis.
A squint is when your eyes do not move together when you are looking at something. Glasses can help if you have a squint. Talk to your optician if your squint gets worse.
People with Down’s syndrome are more likely to have cataracts at a younger age.