Does your preemie have a lazy eye?

Nicole - posted on 03/01/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter was born at 33 weeks gestational age she was 4lbs 2oz she was very healthy during her whole life until around when she was 6 months old I noticed her left eye turned on its own. I knew that was obviously not normal so i made an appointment with her doctor and so we went and saw an eye doctor and we found out she has a lazy eye and she is far sided because of it and I heard that most preemies have this problem?? How many moms have this problem? A preemie with a lazy eye?

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I've had 6 preemies (yes 6!) from 35 to 25 weeks. They have all had various preemie problems including ROP. I only have one with glasses though. She went for a Preemie follow up appointment and the ophthalmologist informed us she had lazy eye at just under a year old. We were told that it isn't a preemie condition, although preemies are diagnosed sooner because they are often followed closer. It is a genetic condition. In our case, my mother-in-law has it as does a cousin. They used to just patch the good eye but in our daughters case, she is legally blind out of the one eye so if they patched her good eye, she wouldn't be able to see at all so she has glasses. We were told if she wears the glasses 90% of the time, exluding sleeping, her eye will eventually get stronger and she won't need glasses. After only a year, her prescription went from -7 to -6 so we keep putting her glasses back on.

Tina - posted on 03/02/2010

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My daughter (Now 5 years old) was born at 26 weeks gestation, she weighed 2lbs 1 1/2oz at birth. She was born with, what is called, Retinopathy of Prematurity. Meaning, her retina weren't fully developed when she was born. Before she came home from the NICU, she had lazer eye surgery on both eyes to literally save her vision. When she was about 1 1/2 years old, we noticed the lazy eye. We were instructed by her Orthopedic specialist to use a Nexcare Opticlude Eye Patch (Kind of like a bandaid type patch for eyes), we were told to "patch" her good eye(right eye) for approximately 2 - 3 hours every day, so the muscles in the left eye (the lazy one) could get stronger. After a while of "patching", at about 2 years old, she had more eye surgery. They made an incision in the bottom of her eye, went to the back of her eye, cut two muscles and moved them over, to make her eye straight. It worked for a while, but the lazy eye has returned...now we have to "patch" for 5 - 6 hours every day. She also wears glasses to help correct vision problems. She may end up needing more surgery.

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Megan_kali - posted on 02/25/2017

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Tina what ended up happening with your little one's eyes? It sounds like a similar situation to my daughter.

Jessica - posted on 03/02/2010

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We were luckey with not getting any eye problems with our preemie (27wks) but i have notice now with her 6mnts corrected 3mnts adjusted that at times her eyes cross which is common in preemies and at times one eye wonders in, and it is also her left eye. She goes back to get checked this month sometime.

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So far my son has no problems with his eyes but if genetics has anything to say about it, he will need glasses at some point (his father and I, two of his aunts and 3 out of 4 grandparents all wear glasses).



Anyway,back to the topic, although my son doesn't have a lazy eye, I do. It's my left one and it's one of the reasons that I wear glasses. My problem is opposie to your daughter's, her eye turns in but my eye won't which means I can't cross my eyes. I've won a few bets with that little trick.

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