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March 22nd, 2010, 08:23 PM
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We took Henry to see an eye dr (one of the best in the area) and he wants to just watch it. but I keep thinking it's getting worse. If you're right in his face, both eyes will be forward and tracking together, but if you're back at any distance, the left eye starts turning inward and while it does track with the right, it's like it's tired and can't go all the way to the left. like it wants to hover in the center or in the inside corner.

They told us six months, but he's already a year and it's just been two months since the appointment. Any advice?
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March 22nd, 2010, 09:07 PM
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well my dd has other eye issues but strabismus is one as well. We are getting hers fixed in 2 months (waiting on insurance) she is 8 months old. BUT hers is worse, like she is crossed a lot not just some times.

being that his is only sometimes, ask the dr about patching. I know I would prefer to patch over a surgery any day!!! if that is not an option then I would try doing some exercises with him to strengthen it while you wait.

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March 23rd, 2010, 07:05 AM
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A part of it depends on how dramatic it is as well. If it's very mild, it could be relatively normal. I know shortly after Danny's surgery at 11 months, his ENT noticed how one of his eyes tracks slightly off. I mentioned that's usual for him, and the doctor said sometimes that can happen and be a "non-issue" if it's mild. I'd give it another few months and see what happens. I thought Danny's was getting worse, but then it seemed to improve dramatically, all on its own.

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April 22nd, 2010, 10:59 PM
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It depends on if the eye muscle is working at all or not....

With my dd, it wasn't noticed until she was 7. She has no other eye issues 0 20/20 vision.

The doctor told me that surgery wasn't an option because her eye was working just weak. If her eye muscle hadn't been working at all then surgery would have been the only option.

She just completed 12 weeks of vision therapy & her eyes are working together.

Since she wasn't diagnosed young - I have no idea what they would have done for her early. From what I got from her dr - not much.

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April 26th, 2010, 09:12 PM
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(lurking, though I do post on the Children With Special Needs Board). I'd get a few opinions from doctors. My daughter was patched at 18 months and they track fine now.

I had a mild strabismus as a child, and the first surgery actually made the alignment worse. 5 surgeries later, they look more in line, but I was too old by the time they were aligned and my depth perception is pretty impaired. Surgery has its risks, and I definately wanted my daughter patched first.
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