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Do you see it too?

Posted by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 1:57 AM
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My daugter's eyes frequently seem to look slightly different directions.

I asked her eye doctor last year but her eyes didn't seem to be doing it that day.  Here's a close up of her eyes.

a few more

It's not really dramatic but it's becoming more frequent and a couple of people have commented on it.  Is this a lazy eye?  What do they do about it?  Would this explain why she trips over everything in sight?  Her insurance will cover another eye exam in April and I plan to take her then.  Is this my imagination?


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stepconfused182
by Kelley on Jan. 8, 2014 at 2:05 AM
Looks like the left one pulls in a little bit. It's called a strabismus. Treatment depends on the severity. They can do vision therapy, she could wear a patch on the other eye to force the lazy one to work harder or if it's severe enough that the muscle needs cut, she could need surgery. That's what an opthalmologist can tell you.
jessica1078
by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 2:08 AM
It's barely noticeable but I see what youre talking about. I think it may just be a weak eye and I heard it could be corrected by wearing an eyepatch over the other eye for about an hour or so a day just to strengthen the muscles. If she's tripping or even clumsy like her balance is off I'd have an exam done. Btw she is adorable!!
JasonsMom2007
by Platinum Member on Jan. 8, 2014 at 2:09 AM

Thanks do you think it would help if I took the pictures to the eye doctor with me?  I really wish I didn't have to wait until April!  At least it's only 3 months away now.

Quoting stepconfused182: Looks like the left one pulls in a little bit. It's called a strabismus. Treatment depends on the severity. They can do vision therapy, she could wear a patch on the other eye to force the lazy one to work harder or if it's severe enough that the muscle needs cut, she could need surgery. That's what an opthalmologist can tell you.



Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.  ~Mildred B. Vermont
JasonsMom2007
by Platinum Member on Jan. 8, 2014 at 2:11 AM

Thank you :)

It's not really bad but if it's something that needs to be addressed I'd like to do it before it gets worse.  And it's becoming more noticable the older she gets :(  She had an eye exam last year and they said she was fine.  The kids on hubby's side of the family all have issues with tracking and such.  They've all needed vision therapy :(

Quoting jessica1078: It's barely noticeable but I see what youre talking about. I think it may just be a weak eye and I heard it could be corrected by wearing an eyepatch over the other eye for about an hour or so a day just to strengthen the muscles. If she's tripping or even clumsy like her balance is off I'd have an exam done. Btw she is adorable!!



Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.  ~Mildred B. Vermont
jessica1078
by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 2:23 AM
It's worth having it checked then. I'd take pictures that show it with you- it's irritating when the symptom hides as soon as the doctor steps in the room. Save you and her from the "well it's not happening now" line. That old line gets old lol

Quoting JasonsMom2007:

Thank you :)

It's not really bad but if it's something that needs to be addressed I'd like to do it before it gets worse.  And it's becoming more noticable the older she gets :(  She had an eye exam last year and they said she was fine.  The kids on hubby's side of the family all have issues with tracking and such.  They've all needed vision therapy :(

Quoting jessica1078: It's barely noticeable but I see what youre talking about. I think it may just be a weak eye and I heard it could be corrected by wearing an eyepatch over the other eye for about an hour or so a day just to strengthen the muscles. If she's tripping or even clumsy like her balance is off I'd have an exam done. Btw she is adorable!!


Momofmenagerie
by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 2:43 AM
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If it wasn't a pediatric opthamologist that you went to, get a referal from your pediatrician ... And bring the pics.

Whatever this issue is, it needs to be corrected glasses or a patch. Say.no to any discussion of surgery. Our son's eyes are what they call "Amyopic" And he's been in glasses since 15 months. When we perished the fear of surgery, we discovered it was purely cosmetic and did nothing to fix the problem.

The earlier you get her in and diagnosed , the better chance she has of not requiring glasses his whole life. If she is crossing an eye , eye doc said that my son's brain was compensating for a visual problem and crossing the eye made his vision more useful.

The longer you wait, the more likely it cannot be fixed causing depth perception problems , a much heavier prescription in glasses and if not treated early she may.not be allowed a drivers liscense due to lack of depth perception.

I am not attempting to scare you, I am passing along information. Get a referral to a ped ophthalmologist and take the pictures with you.

Idk why it's doing it more often, but it's obviously an issue. I urge you to get it checked our ASAP . The faster the diagnosis , the easier to correct.

She 's beautiful btw.

PS : my son ran head first into every wall before we really noticed, we just thought it was because he had learned to run but not look.
I felt awful because once we got the glasses, the huge bruises on his forehead stopped immediately. Now he asks for them first thing in the am. He 'a three and know they are required for a. " good day"
JasonsMom2007
by Platinum Member on Jan. 8, 2014 at 2:45 AM
Thank you so much. I'll call her insurance company tomorrow and see if I can push up her exam.

Quoting Momofmenagerie:

Mobile Photo

If it wasn't a pediatric opthamologist that you went to, get a referal from your pediatrician ... And bring the pics.



Whatever this issue is, it needs to be corrected glasses or a patch. Say.no to any discussion of surgery. Our son's eyes are what they call "Amyopic" And he's been in glasses since 15 months. When we perished the fear of surgery, we discovered it was purely cosmetic and did nothing to fix the problem.



The earlier you get her in and diagnosed , the better chance she has of not requiring glasses his whole life. If she is crossing an eye , eye doc said that my son's brain was compensating for a visual problem and crossing the eye made his vision more useful.



The longer you wait, the more likely it cannot be fixed causing depth perception problems , a much heavier prescription in glasses and if not treated early she may.not be allowed a drivers liscense due to lack of depth perception.



I am not attempting to scare you, I am passing along information. Get a referral to a ped ophthalmologist and take the pictures with you.



Idk why it's doing it more often, but it's obviously an issue. I urge you to get it checked our ASAP . The faster the diagnosis , the easier to correct.



She 's beautiful btw.
Momofmenagerie
by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 2:56 AM
Good luck. :-). Blow up the pics in hard copies would be my suggestion .... Just her pretty face so there is no question that what you see is happening.

Quoting JasonsMom2007: Thank you so much. I'll call her insurance company tomorrow and see if I can push up her exam.



Quoting Momofmenagerie:

Mobile Photo

If it wasn't a pediatric opthamologist that you went to, get a referal from your pediatrician ... And bring the pics.





Whatever this issue is, it needs to be corrected glasses or a patch. Say.no to any discussion of surgery. Our son's eyes are what they call "Amyopic" And he's been in glasses since 15 months. When we perished the fear of surgery, we discovered it was purely cosmetic and did nothing to fix the problem.





The earlier you get her in and diagnosed , the better chance she has of not requiring glasses his whole life. If she is crossing an eye , eye doc said that my son's brain was compensating for a visual problem and crossing the eye made his vision more useful.





The longer you wait, the more likely it cannot be fixed causing depth perception problems , a much heavier prescription in glasses and if not treated early she may.not be allowed a drivers liscense due to lack of depth perception.





I am not attempting to scare you, I am passing along information. Get a referral to a ped ophthalmologist and take the pictures with you.





Idk why it's doing it more often, but it's obviously an issue. I urge you to get it checked our ASAP . The faster the diagnosis , the easier to correct.





She 's beautiful btw.
Jenn8604
by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 3:04 AM
Get referred to a specialist and take the pictures with you. It could be a lazy eye. Or it could be more, or just the set of her eyes and nothing. But if you feel it is something trust your mother instinct and see a specialist. It's always better to err on the side of caution.
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stepconfused182
by Kelley on Jan. 8, 2014 at 5:23 AM
I don't think it's necessary to take the pictures. Skip seeing an optometrist and go straight to an opthalmologist. Optometrists dismissed my stepsons eye issue for years and insisted that glasses would take care of it. The strabismus only got worse over the years and is now to the point where both eyes constantly wander outward and surgery is the only option for correction. I disagree that you should dismiss any discussion of surgery. It's a very simple procedure and although it may be cosmetic, it gives the child a better quality of life.

Quoting JasonsMom2007:

Thanks do you think it would help if I took the pictures to the eye doctor with me?  I really wish I didn't have to wait until April!  At least it's only 3 months away now.

Quoting stepconfused182: Looks like the left one pulls in a little bit. It's called a strabismus. Treatment depends on the severity. They can do vision therapy, she could wear a patch on the other eye to force the lazy one to work harder or if it's severe enough that the muscle needs cut, she could need surgery. That's what an opthalmologist can tell you.


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