Certain cranial nerves (3, 4, and 6) control eye movement and function. Palsy means weakness or lack of function, and palsies in these cranial nerves cause problems with eye function.
Some causes of cranial nerve palsies affecting the eyes include:
Symptoms of cranial nerve palsies can differ depending on the particular nerve that is affected. You or your child’s pediatrician may see symptoms like the following:
You or your child’s pediatrician may notice problems with your child’s eye alignment or movement. A routine eye exam and a more thorough exam by a pediatric ophthalmologist will help pinpoint the condition.
At Children’s National, we may recommend further testing to find out what is causing the cranial nerve palsies, as follows:
Cranial nerve palsies often resolve themselves over a few months. If they do not, our focus is to treat the symptoms as well as the underlying cause. At Children’s National, our treatment options include:
Robert Avery, DO, Neurologist
Our specialized pediatric ophthalmologists are experts at recognizing and treating complex eye conditions in infants and children.
Invest in future cures for some of life's most devastating diseases
Run or walk with us on September 13th and help local kids!
Dr. Myseros began at Children’s National more than five years ago and has a personal and professional interest in the care of children with tumors of the brain and spinal cord.
Read More of John Myseros' Story
We are the largest and oldest fellowship program in Pediatric Ophthalmology.
We provide a healthcare experience designed with kids in mind, and delivers confidence and assurance when parents need it most.
Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions.
Children's National has affiliated with a private, physician office-based practice to offer consults and procedures in Northern Virginia.