my sons left eye keeps going inwards

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my sons left eye keep going inwards as if he is going half boss-eyed, he doesnt seem to know that he is doing it, should i be concerned?

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Melissa - posted on 05/15/2009

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It sounds like your son may have a form of strabismus if his eyes is going inwards he will suffer from esotropic strabismus. You can read a lot about it online. Here`s one site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strabismus

My daughter has extrobia strabismus in her case both eyes will wander (at times) outward but strabismus can make a childs eye or eyes go inward or outward depending on what form they have. In fact in most cases it does occur in only one eye. In his case they may simply try patching his good eye for some time so as to strengthen the weaker eye. The one that is going cross eyed. If he is an older boy they may be able to do eye strengthing excercises. However, if he`s very young and the patching doesn`t work they will either prescribe him glasses IF and ONLY IF he also has a problem seeing which he may or may not if that is not the case they will perform surgery (which Ì`m being told is supposed to be very minor-not that it makes me feel any better-we went to an optometrist who then sent us to an optamologist who I met with the other day on top of ALL the research I`ve done myself and in my daughters case if her eyes don`t correct themselves which is possible because it`s in both-but unlikely as it hasn`t been getting better she will need surgery as she sees fine so glasses are not an option.) In your sons case it may only be a matter of patching the good eye to strengthen the bad one, however. In any case schedule an appointment with an opthamologist or optometrist first if you have to go through them to get to one. I can`t stress this enough as the earlier you catch this problem and fix it the better it is because it can cause further problems with vision later on in life and if it`s only in the one eye there`s no chance of it fixing itself. However, it is correctable with the help of doctors. Good luck!

Sara - posted on 05/15/2009

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Take him to the eye doctor as soon as you can to avoid a condition called "amblyopia". Since he's only been doing it for a few months, he may have had a change in prescription that has caused his other eye not to work together with his other. See, if there is a big difference in prescription between the two eyes, a child's brain will "shut off" the bad eye and only use the good one, which will cause decreased visual acuity and perhaps an eye turn in the affected eye. Just take him to the eye doctor soon!

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Carly - posted on 05/15/2009

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My son is 10 months old and we have just begun patching his left eye because his right one turns in. I had the same thing as a child and it was corrected through a combination of patching and glasses. If patching is not successful he may need surgery.

How old is your bub? The advice I received is that if eyes are not straight by 6 months then it needs to be investigated by a specialist. Your GP should give you a referral to an ophthalmologist.

Melissa - posted on 05/15/2009

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Quoting Jenny:

You don't necessarily need glasses actually unless it's a strong squint (thats what its called). Most can be corrected by use of black 7 white visual toys (find them on blooming marvellous website & mothercare). My son had quite a bad one which the hospotal recommended treatment for, but I correced it myself with b&w toys & lots of effort.

Hope that helps - don't worry, its completely normal, lots of babies have a squint.

Best wishes. jenny



I don`t know what kind of doctor told you it`s called a strong squint but he couldn`t have done a very good job in medical school. A `squint` or ``squinting of the eye`` is called strabismus and no doctor I`ve ever spoken to said anything about black and white toys. If you refer to the link I provide in my previous email you will see information on the correct medical term and treatments for children with these problems.  The sooner you get the problem under control the better the chances of correct vision for the child are. See a specialist! Just because she ignored the advice of medical professionals at the hospital doesn`t mean you shouldn`t speak with them first. I will definitely be speaking to my daughters doctor about these black 7 white toys though as I had hoped for some kind of eye strengthining excercises and was told my daughter was much too young!

Jenny - posted on 05/15/2009

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You don't necessarily need glasses actually unless it's a strong squint (thats what its called). Most can be corrected by use of black 7 white visual toys (find them on blooming marvellous website & mothercare). My son had quite a bad one which the hospotal recommended treatment for, but I correced it myself with b&w toys & lots of effort.



Hope that helps - don't worry, its completely normal, lots of babies have a squint.



Best wishes. jenny

Amie - posted on 05/15/2009

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Yes, take him to see the eye doctor. He might have a lazy eye. It's easily corrected though with glasses.

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