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8 month old and eye problems. California Dreaming ♡ Due April 25; 3 kids; The Valley, CA, United States 3050 posts
status 15th Jul '13

DS is 8 months old. At his 6 month appointment a doctor (who wasn't DS' regular pediatrician) said it seemed his right eye was going cross eyed, and if it became more noticeable bring him back.I asked him what that could mean and he said a few things, but not to worry. It has just started to be really noticeable now. So I called the appointment line today and the woman freaked saying "call back at 6 am to get an appointment first thing tomorrow morning". Her reaction really worried me. I know you ladies aren't doctors but has anyone had a LO go through this? What was the reason? How did it turn out?



Thank you.

Mrs.Mud 6 kids; 2 angel babies; North Dakota 3314 posts
15th Jul '13

Amblyopia (lazy eye) can be very common in babies. Most times it is fixed with nothing more than a patch. Sometimes glasses are required. Sometimes there are deeper issues that require surgery. Try not to worry too much unti you find out for sure. My son has had 2 surgeries on his eyes, so if it gets to that point and you need some advice/support, feel free to message me. :)

California Dreaming ♡ Due April 25; 3 kids; The Valley, CA, United States 3050 posts
status 15th Jul '13
Quoting Mrs.Mud:" Amblyopia (lazy eye) can be very common in babies. Most times it is fixed with nothing more than a patch. ... [snip!] ... son has had 2 surgeries on his eyes, so if it gets to that point and you need some advice/support, feel free to message me. :)"


Thank you. I wasn't very worried honestly until I called for the appointment. The woman scheduling the appointments almost started shouting that I should make an appointment immediately. If you don't mind me asking-how old was your son when he had the surgeries?

Mrs.Mud 6 kids; 2 angel babies; North Dakota 3314 posts
15th Jul '13
Quoting ArmyWife & Mom x3:" Thank you. I wasn't very worried honestly until I called for the appointment. The woman scheduling ... [snip!] ... that I should make an appointment immediately. If you don't mind me asking-how old was your son when he had the surgeries?"


He was 27 months the first time, and 35 months the second time when they had to adjust the left eye a bit more. His issues went deeper than just the lazy eye though. He was born with optic nerve atrophy, where the optic nerve never fully formed. He also has strabismus and nystagmus. His pediatrician noticed the eye crossing at his 2-week checkup and we began seeing specialists in Minneapolis, MN. We tried patching, glasses, and dilating eyedrops for a long time before his doctors decided that surgery was his best option. He's 8 now and wears glasses, and we see the surgeon once a year to make sure he's still on track, but they don't see any more surgeries in his future. Thank goodness!

California Dreaming ♡ Due April 25; 3 kids; The Valley, CA, United States 3050 posts
status 15th Jul '13
Quoting Mrs.Mud:" He was 27 months the first time, and 35 months the second time when they had to adjust the left eye ... [snip!] ... the surgeon once a year to make sure he's still on track, but they don't see any more surgeries in his future. Thank goodness!"



Oh wow. that is a lot to go through. Glad he is ok now. It's kind of hard to imagine my wild 8 month old with glasses. He hates things on his face/head lol.

Slo2250 1 child; Rochester, New York 160 posts
15th Jul '13

My son will be 10 months old next week and we have been seeing a pediatric eye doctor for 2 months now. He has a lazy eye and the doctor first prescribed glasses and that didn't work because he was 8 months old and didn't want to keep them on. We went back six weeks later and he told us to put a patch over his good eye for 6 hours a day and we just went back today after 2 weeks of patching. The patching was much more successful with keeping it on and the doctor saw a difference in his bad eye. We are now going back in 3 weeks and still have to patch him 3 hours a day and try the glasses again while the patch is on. I wouldn't worry too much there are things they can do before surgery. We are not at the surgery point and my doctor told me he really doesn't want to do surgery on any child so really takes the patch/glasses approach before even talking surgery. My recommendation is find a good pediatric eye doctor. It took us almost 2 months to get into our doctor but he is beyond awesome and I trust him and his recommendations!

California Dreaming ♡ Due April 25; 3 kids; The Valley, CA, United States 3050 posts
status 15th Jul '13
Quoting Slo2250:" My son will be 10 months old next week and we have been seeing a pediatric eye doctor for 2 months now. ... [snip!] ... eye doctor. It took us almost 2 months to get into our doctor but he is beyond awesome and I trust him and his recommendations!"


Thank you for replying. We will be seeing our pedi tomorrow to see what our next step will be.

Mrs.Mud 6 kids; 2 angel babies; North Dakota 3314 posts
15th Jul '13
Quoting ArmyWife & Mom x3:" Oh wow. that is a lot to go through. Glad he is ok now. It's kind of hard to imagine my wild 8 month old with glasses. He hates things on his face/head lol."


My son was 8 months when he got his first pair of glasses. We got 1 of those straps to keep them on and he got used to them after a little while. It was actually harder keeping them on when he was 2 - 3... and he'd constantly rip his patch off, too, which is when we switched to the eye drops. It was a fun time for sure, lol.

-Alisa- MaMa of 3 3 kids; California 2877 posts
16th Jul '13

my oldest has "double elevator palsy" of her left eye. She has had 3 surgeries so far. She wears glasses and we have been patching since she was 2. She is 4, and will be 5 next month. Its hard emotionally but she is so brave and has been so good. She will likely need a 4th surgery but i know she will get thru it. It can be scary but as these ladies said there are different degrees and he may be just fine. Even if he does need multiple surgeries like my daughter, it will still be ok. :)




edit: my daughters first surgery was at 1, her second at 2, and her 3rd at 3. The improvement has been amazing and her vision from 20/800 to 20/50 and improving god willing. She sees a specialist at UCLA

California Dreaming ♡ Due April 25; 3 kids; The Valley, CA, United States 3050 posts
status 16th Jul '13

Thanks ladies. We saw a pedi on base today, but he was rushing through the exam. He said my baby could be blind, which I don't believe. He recognizes people just by sight. We are seeing an ophthalmologist when we get a referral. I hope with all my heart that he is wrong. :(