Eye Surgery

Bailey - posted on 05/25/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son Alex is 3, and has a turned eye which is similar to, but not the same as a lazy eye. The technical term is strabismus. He's been in glasses for about 6 mos to correct it, but they're not working. Doc wants to do surgery, and I'm on the fence. Wondering if anyone has had, or known anyone that's had experience with this, and if so, was the surgery successful?

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Laura - posted on 05/25/2010

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My niece had that same surgery when she was 2. It doesn't turn in when she wears her glasses anymore, but if she takes them off, it turns in slightly, where as it didn't after the surgery (she's six now). She still wears an eye patch for a part of the day to strengthen the muscles in her weak eye.

We also have distant relatives who had a daughter with the same problem right around 2/3 years of age. Her surgery went beautifully. That little girl is now about 11, and her eyes are fine. I think it is a toss up as to whether it will work 100% or not. But it is totally up to you. Good luck :)

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Dorilyn - posted on 03/08/2012

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Our daughter has had glasses since she was 7 months old. She is 15 months now and having surgery to correct strabismus at the end of this month. My advice, the sooner the better!

Jennifer - posted on 05/27/2010

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My daughter had this surgery last year, at age 5. She's had glasses since she was 3 1/2 and they tried to correct with patching first. I saw a pediatric optometrist for this time as we patched for about a year and a half. When things did not improve as they had hoped, she sent us to a pediatric opthamologist. (I would not do the surgery/consulation with anyone but the person who specializes in pediatric opthamology.) We tried more patching & also prisms, but did end up doing the surgery. They did adjust both eyes, too, as he said you couldn't do just the one without causing problems for the other eye. Things went just fine -- a year later, she has a very very minor wandering in that eye so we are patching in the evenings & on weekends.

I trust my doc -- and I'm not sure with everyone else, but she still needs glasses even after the surgery. It doesn't correct her sight, but only the movement of the eye. On a good note - when they first found the eye problem, her left eye was only 20/100 vision and she was basically not using it at all. Now she is 20/25 or 20/30 with her glasses. They told us too that early intervention is the most effective.

Hang in there -- scary for the parents, but its' ok.

Renee - posted on 05/27/2010

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my son needs this surgery too.Our issue is his adhd is so severe he won't wear his glasses.He may be having it over the summer.We're going to try glasses again.i'm waiting on his new pair to get back

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my daughter had strabismus, we did not get her surgery right away. She wore glasses for 3 years before she started hiding them and breaking them as a way to not wear them.



My pedatric opthalmologist was one of the best in the business when I asked him how many of these surgeries he has done he laughed and said "100 a month and I been doing it for over 20 years do I qualify?" Be sure to ask that question b/c the answer might surprise you! He also told me only doing the turned Eye is not the best way he did both eyes. Her eye now only wanders in times of extreme fatigue and I'm the only one who sees it its not noticeable if your not looking for it.



My daughter nuro development therapist has given us exercises to strengthen the weak eye even more. And waggled her finger at us saying the surgery was unnecessary if we had only come to her sooner. So there may be a non surgical option for you if it scares you to much.



My dd was 7 when we had the surgery done Our Dr was totally fine with waiting tho other dr's told me we had to have it done by 3 or 4 and really pushed us to have surgery. But he was fine with us waiting and sticking with the glasses as long as she tolerated them. He said there was no harm in putting it off.



Every child is different tho and children who's eyes do not track together well, have a tougher time learning to read and their writing is usually poor. It sounds like your new Dr. is a good one :-)

Bailey - posted on 05/27/2010

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Thanks so much for your input on this! I've made him an appointment with a pediatric opthalmologist (he was seeing a regular opthalmologist before who did not specialize in children) for a second opinion. His new doctor also specializes in this type of issue, so I'm feeling much more comfortable with her.

Laura - posted on 05/25/2010

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I used to work in a pediatric opthalmology office. I was the doctor's personal assistant. I observed surgery and assisted him in the exam rooms. I would say most surgeries are not 100%. It depends on how your son's body reacts to the surgery. The majority of eye muscle surgery is successful. If it were my child, I would get a second opinion from another pedatric opthalmologist and go from there.

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