lazy eye

Kathy - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my son was diagnosed with a lazy eye right before kindergarten at his 5 yr. old ck up . since then he has been wearing glasses and patching the good eye to strengthen the weak one 2-3 hrs per day . we don't get it done most days . only about 3-4 times per week . i feel really bad and want his treatment to be over soon . it is hard to find time between after school and before ball practice to get it done . anyone know any other tx's or suggestions anyone have the same problem?.

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Jennifer - posted on 01/14/2010

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My oldest was just diagnosed this year with a lazy eye. Her eye Doc does not have her patched but has us doing 5 min of eye theraphy. We use a drum stick (anything with a small tip works) with a tiny sticker on the tip. She has to focus of the sticker forcing the eye that is weeker to work with the good one to make it one. We work on moving it closer and farther away with some holds between to work on keeping things in focus at about the reading distance. We watch her eyes and can see when the weak one is not focused so she then needs to blink and bring it back into focus. With her it is working slowly but while we have not noticed much improvement her Doc. has noticed improvement.

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Claire - posted on 02/17/2010

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when i was younger i had a lazy eye which turned outwards so i could see the person sitting next to me but it only happened when i was tired. I had my first operation when i was 2 and the second when i was between 10-12 years old, sometimes when i am really tired i can still feel my eye go off to the right but i can correct it. I now wear glasses for driving and watching tv, reading etc hope this helps

Linda - posted on 02/16/2010

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My daughter was diagnosed with lazy eye at 5 yr. old too. She hated wearing the patch and was constantly peaking out of it. I got a prescription for Atropine from the eye doctor which dialates the eye. It works like the patch to make the other eye stronger.

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Hi!

I had the same thing when I was a kid...ruined my childhood! I had to wear a patch and glasses from first grade on...I had no friends!...I was teased mercilessly!...and the worst part was after 6 years of wearing my patch everyday...my eye went back to the same place it was before the treatment!

Contact me if you need to talk!

Sharon

Leanne - posted on 01/15/2010

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My third child has a lazy eye. We noticed it when she was 2.5, She started wearing glasses, very strong glasses at that, and was being patched. Sometimes she had to patch for 2-3 hours every day, then the Dr. would change it and say to patch for a full day every other day. Eventually, he changed her patch to a foil patch, which more like a piece of clouded plastic. We put that on the glasses lense of her good eye. She did that for a few years. I liked this one much better, it was hard to remember to put the adhesive patch on. She is 7.5 now, and she hasn't been patched for almost 2 years now!! :D Her eyes are getting better, but will always have strong glasses. She likes to play with her lazy eye now, she takes her glasses off, and makes her eye turn in just to gross people out of just to make them laugh!!!! LOL She's a little comic!!

LENDA - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son was diagnosed with a lazy eye we did the patch for 3 years it seemed to be getting worse instead of better. The pediatric opthamologist was recommending surgery. Which I was against since I know 3 people that have had the surgery and it didn't help and in some cases made it worse. I took my son to a different eye docter for a second opinion and that doctor was outstanding he spent 3 hours examining my sons eyes and running tests on him. When he was finished he explained to me that in many cases children end up with what appears to be a lazy eye as a result of eye strain from a type of near sightedness that effects mostly children. He changed my sons prescription to a much stronger one for the specific problem and his lazy eye disappeared in 6 months. He said that children are often misdiagnosed and treated for a lazy eye because eye doctors do not usually check children for near sightedness as it is usually thought to affect people over 40. I hope this helps

Simone - posted on 11/25/2009

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My son has a turned eye, he has straight vision but when he looks off to the side one eye turns up, the eye docs wont touch it as he has straight vision. he is now 7 and we noticed it at about 3

Amanda - posted on 11/19/2009

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my daughter started patching at 3 and with her being hypersensitive to bandage adhesive we had to order her special patches which accompanied by her constantly removing them be came not only a hassle but also very expensive. Her Dr. decided to start her on the eye drop, it was a struggle at the beginning to get her to let us put them in but eventually she got used to it. We used drops till she turned ten and no more progress was being made. Her problem was severe, her Dr. said that her combination of problems only 3% of people have so she never made it to the level they hoped, but she made a lot of progress and it is certainly worth the time it takes to push the patch or drops.

Jennifer - posted on 11/03/2009

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My daughter had the same problem when she was 5. She is 7 now. She wore the patch for 6 months and hated it. After the 6 months there was a big improvement but the Dr wanted more. We started using an eye drop that dialated her eye.(Atropine) I think that is how you spell it. We would put a drop in every 3 days. It worked out better. She didn't have to wear the patch anymore. Now her eye is better and the help of good glasses! Eyesight in her bad eye went from 20/150 to 20/30.BIG IMPROVEMENT!!!

Bethany - posted on 10/23/2009

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My son has been patched for four years off and on! He will be eight in Jan and his eye doctor said it will be until about 9 or 10, when the nerves and all of that set for life. I know it sucks, it's so hard to remember and then I feel guilty when I forget. I'm sorry it's been so hard, hang in there, if we don't do it now then they'll never have good use of the eye and always have the lazy eye. I hope it gets better soon!

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