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January 21st, 2008, 09:28 AM
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My friend's daughter was born with a lazy eye. I think she may even have two lazy eyes, but I'm not sure. They took her to a specialist and he confirmed the condition. She's very cross eyed and you can tell that she can't focus. When she looks at you, her eyes sort of wander, you know? Anyways, the doc recommended surgery, or at the very least some sort of early treatment. I'm almost certain this was all said when baby was 3-4 months.

Well, my friend and her husband decided to just leave it. I'm aghast! They said they won't treat it until the child is old enough to tell them herself whether she can see better w/ or w/o glasses ect...I mean, it's their choice and all, but I'm pretty worried about how their dd will develop in the meantime. I wonder how reading will go, or learning numbers and letters...ect.
At what age can a child really tell you if glasses or whatever is helping? I run a daycare, and all the kids i have here are 5 years and under and none of them would be able to really understand this concept.
Does anyone else have a child with a lazy eye (or two) and how long will/have you wait(ed) to treat it? I'm just curious...
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January 22nd, 2008, 10:20 AM
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I am shocked as well. I can't believe that the girl's parents would not want to deal with it now. I am not too sure how it would affect development, as my dd's vision problems are from underdeveloped optic nerves and nystagmus. I would assume though that there would be some affect on development, though how pervasive, I don't know. If she has trouble focusing and tracking, then that could really cause some visual motor problems. Have they at least considered patching to try and improve the strength of the one eye before going straight to surgery?

Alexis is 5 and we just started using glasses for severe nearsightedness and she still doesn't always understand that she sees better with her glasses on. With her speech problems, though we know they make a big difference because she leaves them on and doesn't play with them. That's how you know in younger kids and kids who can't speak how the glasses are working. If they leave them on and do play with them, then you know they are helping the child. And yes, surgery is a big decision and it can be tough, but Alexis has gone through a similar eye surgery (though not to correct a lazy eye) that tighten ed certain muscles and loosened others and it was amazing how much that helped her.

I just can't believe that they want to wait. Early treatment is always the best possible place to go. Even if they want to wait on surgery, at least explore other alternatives to do in the mean time such as patching.
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January 22nd, 2008, 03:27 PM
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I came to this board with a question and saw this post. My son is 7 months old and diagnosed with Amblyopia (lazy eye). We couldn't figure out what was going on as BOTH eyes seemed to turn in at different times. He wasn't cross eyed, but the left would look at you and the right would turn in or vise versa. We went to a ped. opthalmologist as soon as possible and he determined that the LEFT eye was becoming dominant. So, we patch for 2 hrs a day on the left side. My understanding is, and I am NO doctor!!!, what happens is the eye that turns in eventually gets "shut off" by the brain. The child may have started out with 20/20 vision but because the eye is becoming "lazy" the vision will diminish. It is like the biggest cause of vision loss in adults. As a child, I would worry about vision loss and development. A HUGE amount of learning occurs through vision. It is sad that they are postponing this for so long. The greatest amount of impact from treatment occurs before age 7. Seems like so much time is wasted!! For me, I know it is vain, but I also worry about the pysical appearance of my son.... if I waited until he was old enough to tell me if treatment helped, it would be the same age where he would start being teased about his appearnce. I would strongly suggest they seek the opinion of a different ped opth. (if they need another opinion) and seriously think about the least invasive treatment. This child may need surgery to start, but I'm no doctor. JMHO
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