Lazy Eye Surgery

Molly - posted on 06/06/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3 years old. She wears glasses and has a lazy eye. At first the doctor said he thought the glasses may correct it. It didn't so we tried patch therapy. My daughter hates patch therapy and cooperates as well as you can expect a 3 year old to. We have tried to bribe her but after about 15 minutes she complains she has a headache. We were told that if patch therapy didn't work that surgery would be the next step. Has anyone's child been through the surgery? What can I expect?

Also, we have tried a pirate patch, scotch tape over the lens, and a band-aid patch. She hates them all equally. Within the last couple days we have really been trying the patch, pushing it, and her eye seems to be more lazy than before. Please help. I love my little miss and am afraid of her going under the knife.

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Crystal - posted on 07/20/2010

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I have had eye surgery when I was only a baby. It didn't really work. I'm 27 now and my eye still crosses when I'm tired or nervous. Obviously I don't remember anything about the surgery but my parents said it went fine. I just wish that when they realized it didn't work they had tried again. Get the surgery for your child. You don't want her going through school being tortured....trust me! Of course, later in life she'll be fine and it's not a big deal to adults if her eye is turned. I'd like to look into getting surgery again in the future but no rush, just wish it was done again when I was young because when you are little you have no fear of the unknown. Now I'm scared! lol

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Joyce - posted on 02/12/2014

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my daughter is 15 and have had several surgeries for lazy eye and one eye crosses weeks after the surgery

Giselle - posted on 03/26/2013

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My Lo is 3 years 2 months old now and has been wearing glasses and having patch therapy since she was just 2. She has a very bed lazy eye which turns upwards and is long sighted in both eyes. At first the glasses were extremely hard for her to wear! I truly think the key here is to spend lots of time finding the right glasses. The first pair we got were the MiraFlex ones with the band round the back. They were just too small for her. They touched her eyelashes and looked pretty uncomfortable. We got these on the recommendation of the optician. After a few months I decided that she would be better with different frames so we searched all the opticians and found some that fitted her face real nice. The only problem was slipping down the nose. I got a length of really thin elastic and attached it to both arms and it just pops round the back of her head underneath her hair. They fit really well and since the new glasses, she has been wearing them really well. Sometimes we get the odd day where she doesnt want to co-operate but I just let her have 5 minutes and then just pop them back on her. Most of the time she doesnt even realise she is wearing them now. At first I thought I would never get her to wear them but after a lot of perseverence she has got used to them. She is patched for 3 hours a day and we use the band aid type ones and she has no problem with this except for taking it off. It can get a little sore so she doesnt like it coming off but mums remember, it is for the good of their eyesight so has to be done. She is used to it all now so is very good but I would urge anyone going through this to just be patient and keep it up! It DOES get easier and it is definately best to get it done sooner rather than later. Sadly I think surgery will happen eventually anyway but it is worth trying all options first.

Tegan - posted on 11/12/2010

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i also have a lazy eye ive had it since i was a baby and in the last 4 yrs ive actually started losing the sight out of my lazy eye. i never had any surgery or anything but trust me its not good growing up with it..now my 3 yr old daughter has started to get it we have an appointment with our eye specialist next tuesday im not sure what they will recommend but i will definately give her the surgery if thats what it takes :)

Kristina - posted on 07/12/2010

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my son is 15 months old and he has been wearing glasses for lazy eye since he was 10 months old, his doctor said that she wouldnt try the patching because he would never leave it alone for office visits... instead she prescribed drops to dialate his good eye so that he would be forced to use the lazy one, while on the drops his eyes looked great but we just recently went back for a remeasurement and she made us stop the drops and i do think they helped but the dr didnt seem to like the results she told us to keep him in his glasses and at our next appointment in september if she doesnt like the results again shes gonna schedule surgery. I would really like to know more about the surgery before i decide to let some "stranger" so to speak, operate on my baby. i've googled it but i really didnt see anything that helped me, I'm 21 and he is my first child and I guess it's kinda selfish but I dont want him to have the surgery because I dont want to risk something happening to him.

Molly - posted on 06/07/2010

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Thank you Erin....sometimes it is nice to hear it from an adult that has lived it and knows how to appropriately express themself. I still am uncertain of what we should do and will be throwing many questions at the doctor on Friday. I am pretty sure he said if the glasses and patch therapy didn't work he was going to refer me to a specialist so we will just have to see. I would like to get this resolved before she starts school though. Her daycare playmates are wonderful and another lil guy is going through the same thing there but I am afraid of her getting teased over something she has no control over. The world is cruel and I want to protect my sweet girl.

Erin - posted on 06/07/2010

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While I don't have a child that has had lazy eye surgery, I had it myself. I was 16 when I had it. However, PLEASE don't wait that long. My optomitrist didn't really let my parents know too much about what my eyes did during the appointment. When I had eye fatigue, my eyes would cross. Also if my vision was purposefully "separated" my eyes would cross. Before the age of 9, vision hasn't yet locked in. Because I was older than that, my eyes could not be completely corrected because of the muscle was placed just a degree wrong, I would have permanent double vision. Before 9, the brain can learn to overcome that. My eldest sometimes has crossed eyes yet (he's almost 3). We were told to keep an eye on it until he's 5. If they still cross then, they'll discuss options. I have no worries about him undergoing the surgery (maybe because I went through it). My worries are about the healing process. The eye nerves connect to the same part of the brain that controls nausea, so expect that your little girl will get sick after she wakes up. Also, rubbing the eyes while they heal is incredibly painful. I don't know how painful because I was old enough to be told not to and listen. Little children do it only once. The eyes itch for a couple of weeks which is why they want to rub them. I hope this has helped ease some of your worries. Let me know if there's anything more I can help with.

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