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    Lazy Eye?
    MadyJaye posted:
    Hello, I am usually on the pg boards, but I have a question and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this. My little guy just turned two, and I have noticed especially when he gets sleepy and unfocused, that one of his eyes turns out. (He sort of looks googly-eyed.) It doesn't happen all the time, only when he is sleepy.

    I mentioned my concerns to his ped when he had his two-year well toddler check up, and he couldn't see any problems, but told me to schedule him an appointment with our eye doctor. I called to make the appointment and they had to schedule him several months out. Unfortunately, being the big, dumb, idiot I am, I googled "lazy eye" and now I am completely freaked out. I found several web-sites that say you are supposed to give children an eye exam at 9 months to prevent these kind of issues from arising as they can be more difficult to treat after the age of two! Why was I never told this?! I don't want to have to patch my little guy, and I am now concerned that he could have damage. Should I get him into another doctor? Anyone have any advice or experience with this? TIA.
    MrsWhiteCastle responded:
    Sorry, I don't have any experience with this. My DDs never had any eye exams. Their pedi would just ask if I had noticed any problems.

    If you are really concerned, it wouldn't hurt to call other eye doctors to see if you can get him in sooner. Does your eye doctor specialize in children? Since he is so young, I might try to see if I could make an appointment with a doctor that does work with a lot of children.
    jstjtyjs responded:
    My mom was always making comments about my first DS appearing to have a "lazy eye". I never noticed. It wasn't until he got to kindergarten and had a school eye exam that we found out one eye was way weaker than the other. Prior to that, all eye exams at the pedi came back fine. We brought him to the eye doctor and he just ended up having to get glasses temporarily. One lens was just a normal lens and the other was a prescription one to stregnthen the eye. The fear was that if we let it go, it could turn into a lazy eye because the "good" eye was just so much stronger. I don't know that they really do the whole patch thing anymore.... i think at the very least, he'd probably just have to get glasses. I've seen some 2 year olds in glasses and let me tell you.... A-DOR-A-BLE!!!!!!!!! I say just go to the eye appointment and see what they say! It never hurts to check! You could TRY to get him into another eye doctor (a couple month wait is kind of odd) but you want to make sure you go to an actual eye DOCTOR... whats it called... an opthamologist/ optometrist.... now I can't remember..... and NOT one of the people that do the eye exams at an eye glass "store." My husband and I both got an eye exam done and prescription glasses with a "diagnosis." Then we both decided to go to my son's eye DOCTOR and came out with a MUCH better exam and a NEW prescription!!!! So just go to someone GOOD! Especially since I'm sure it will be hard enough giving a 2 year old an eye exam.
    jpaskon2 responded:
    My nephew has double vision AND a lazy eye (not sure if one causes the other). He didn't get diagnosed until he was abut 7 years old (way to go sis!). He has to wear special glasses and had to go through therapy to help "train" his eye to go back. If she had taken him in sooner, he likely could have remedied the problem completely, but it was too late in his development. At this point his only option is surgery which she won't do so his eye will always be turned outward unless he has his glasses on. If he tries, he can move it back himself, but only for a little while. This has also severely affected his learning and his physical activities.

    If I were you I would get your DS in somewhere ASAP. I feel so bad that my nephew has to live with this ailment his whole life and would hate to see your son suffer the same fate.

    I'm not trying to freak you out or anything, but it can be serious.

    Good luck to you, I hope it turns out to be nothing!!
    Lolly1977 responded:
    As a kid, they thought I had a lazy eye. Turned out the bridge on my nose was very wide and it was an illusion. Same exact thing with my niece!

    So, we recently did a yearly screening for DD with a group we have in Missouri called Parents as Teachers. It is an awesome free program that allows you to have a parent educator come to your home on scheduled visits to give tips and tricks about the development on your child as various ages. They also do evaluations. It's like more regularly scheduled well-baby visits in your own home with a non-doctor who is educated in child development and has more time to spend with you and your child making sure they are making their milestones. whew. Long explanation.

    Anyway, when we did DD's vision and hearing screening, we got to talking about lazy eyes and our educator said one way to tell if a child has a lazy eye is to take their picture and see where the light reflects in their pupils. You know how you can see a little white reflection? Check to see if they are in about the same place on the pupil. If one is way off center, you might have a problem. If not, you should be okay. This is not scientific, but a starting place. Try it when he looks like it is getting 'lazy' to you.

    cinder44 responded:
    Did you mention to them you think he may have a lazy eye & the appt is urgent? Request them to call you w/ any cancellation appts.

    An exam the drs office is not an eye exam it just checks their pupil dilation & such go to an eye dr.

    This program gives info about a free eye exam for all DC under the age of one as I see you are expecting #2. It will link you w/ participating drs in your area.

    I hope you can get this figured out. Keep us posted.
    MadyJaye responded:
    Thank you ladies! Yes, I did mention that I was setting the appointment for DS because of a possible lazy eye. I think I am going to try and call a different doctor. (We only use our current optometrist because they accept DH's VSP eye insurance.) But at this point, I would rather just pay out-of-pocket and get him in ASAP.

    You have given me some peace of mind that this problem can still be very fixable even at age 2. (BTW, I think little kids in glasses are adorable too!) I am going to have to try taking a close up of Jake and see how his pupil reflection compares in the photo. Otherwise, I am just going to get on the phone and call around until I can get him in sooner. I will keep you updated. I am also going to get my next LO in much earlier, so hopefully if we have these same issues with him, we can get it corrected even sooner. Thank you again, you have really eased my mind.
    COWGRLTX28 responded:
    Right now I am going thru the same thing. Just seeing your story has helped me. My daughter is 3 years old and I have noticed her right eye has been shifting a bit. Then when she said mama I see two of you. I completly lost it. The next day we took her to her primary doc and she said that she has what you were talking about. When I get her glasses I'm going to get her anti reflection lens. So she won't have glare on her lenses. I hope everything works out for you.
    mlgbears31 responded:
    You'll want an opthalmologist, basically an MD who specialized in eyes. An optomatrist just checks your eyes and prescribes glasses and contacts.
    jpaskon2 responded:
    My nephew had a lazy eye when he was an infant and my sister never did anything about it. When he got into grammar school he started having serious issues with learning. The school finally brought her in and told her she needs to have him evaluated because they think he may also have double vision. Turns out they were right! So he got glasses and had to go through therapy, but it is a permanant thing. If he takes his glasses off, his eye goes right back out. If he concentrates, he can move it back in but only for a few minutes and as soon as he doesn't concentrate on it anymore it goes back.

    If I were you I would get this looked at ASAP. There has to be more than one doctor in your area so I would start calling around.

    I'm sorry if I added to your stress, but this is just our story. It doesn't mean your DS is going to go through the same thing!!

    Good luck - let us know how it goes!!!
    COWGRLTX28 responded:
    Turns out there are only five doctors in my city who capable to see children who under the age of four. Then the earliest doc that can see her doesn't have an opening until the 17th of July. I'm on a waiting list so if anything else becomes available then they will call me. Right now I'm showing her glasses to get her excited about wearing them. I'm just so worried for her.
    shellei74 responded:
    You may want to make an appointment to see an opthalmologist like Michelle said. You do not need Vision insurance for an opthalmologist as the visit is paid from your Medical insurance. But check with your medical insurance if you need a referral. If yes, get it from your pedi.
    shellei74 responded:
    Also, see if you can find an pediactric opthalmologist. We live near Philadelphia so there is a Children's Hospital so I took DS1 there to get his eyes checked out. The opthalmologist put on funny noses, etc to put the children at ease.
    Just_Lissa responded:
    I have a lazy eye and was diagnosed at about a year old. I wore glasses, patches, and attending therapy for years! At that time, they did not offer the surgery to my parents as an option because they weren't convinced it would help.

    I wore glasses for it until middle school. At that point I opted to go without them unless I was reading or at school. Eventually I stopped wearing them because the doc thought my eyes were doing well enough with the training I was doing.

    I started wearing glasses again my senior year, and still do. In addition to having a lazy eye (which gives me headaches, eye strain, and not to mention the looks I get from people) I am now near sided. So, I wear my contacts or glasses all the time.

    IT is something he can learn to live with, it just takes proper training. People rarely ever know that I have it, because I have the glasses and training.

    My niece was diagnosed as a teenager, one nephew is six and now wears glasses for it, a second nephew was just diagnosed at the age of seven.

    Good luck and keep us updated.

    If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I didn't go into a lot of detail in this post, I just wanted to give you and idea of what I went through.
    COWGRLTX28 responded:
    what kind of therapy did attend? thanks for the info. it helped put a little bit of my fears of it ease a bit....

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