Laura - posted on 11/03/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )
Our 16 month old daughter has a VERY slight eye turn in her left eye, every now and then it wanders toward the inside of her eye. It happens so infrequently (maybe once a week and only when she is tired) I never even mentioned it to our doctor, but she noticed it and recommended we take her to to an eye doctor just to make sure there isn't a problem. After 10 minutes of shining a light in her eyes, all of a sudden they are talking about either glasses or surgery!
We were devastated! She has more tests coming up this week, and will know more after we have the results, but we never thought that Ella's condition was so extreme that it would require glasses, much less surgery! We thought the worst-case scenario would be patching her "good" eye for a little while (like you hear kids do all the time) but when I asked about it the doctor dismissed it as not an option.
I have done quite a bit of research online since we went to the doctor ... the medical term is strabismus, which is not the same as lazy eye. Lazy eye can't be corrected by surgery, but strabismus can. I see that the surgery is relatively common and effective, but I hate to go to such extremes without trying other methods first. I see there is vision therapy available, but insurance companies don't cover the therapy, they only cover the surgery.
I guess we should consider ourselves lucky, because when it is detected before the age of 2 there is a great chance that it can be corrected completely with no vision problems.
If anyone can offer any tips it would be appreciated. We are so overwhelmed with this information ... of course we want to do what is best for her but we also feel like the medical community at large is so quick to rush to these "quick fixes," we want to make sure we know all of our options. Thanks.