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    Question Turned eye in child ..Surgery PROS & CONS

    Hi all,
    My son is 7 and for years ive noticed hes had a lazy turned eye & today after many years on a waiting list , he was diagnosed with a lazy/turned eye (which i knew he had anyway) just needed the official word Anyway the specialist at the childrens hospital said we could be looking at surgery if i wanted it done ,so im asking has anyone elses child had it done and any pros or cons to the surgery?

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    i have a turned eye (I am 28), glasses improve it but it is detectable.
    it probably should have had surgery or glasses and patching, I am past the point that any of it will help much.

    The eye is weaker in its vision, I get alot of headaches etc when tired and the eye tends to turn alot when I am tired etc

    if I could go back and choose I may have chosen to have surgery and eliminate it, it wont get better on its own

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    My son has an eye turn and he has glasses full time and we have done years of patching. Our paediatric ophthalmologist actually recommended not to have surgery. She said that surgery doesn't improve the vision at all, it is just for cosmetic purposes (so the eye doesn't look so turned) and even then often the surgery needs to be repeated down the track. So for us we won't head down the surgery path. His vision in the turned eye is quite a fair bit improved after all the patching we've done

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    I also has a lazy eye (I'm 26).

    My understanding is that glasses and a patch will help strengthen the eye. Surgery won't improve vision but will straighten the eye.

    I had glasses. My eye was supposed to be patched but it never happened. When I was 15 I had the surgery to straighten it. The vision in that eye has never improved and I am almost completely blind in that eye.

    If there is a chance that the vision could be improved id patch it, if it's unlikely vision will improve id just head straight in for the surgery. Keep in mind though that the surgery could be extremely painful depending on how they do it, I still remember how sore my eye was for around a month after.

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    Thanks all, he has almost perfect vision in both eyes but the eye is lazy and as said when hes tired the eye turns more and more noticeable..we are going to try patching first as i really dont want to put him through surgery if its not needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by melly75 View Post
    Thanks all, he has almost perfect vision in both eyes but the eye is lazy and as said when hes tired the eye turns more and more noticeable..we are going to try patching first as i really dont want to put him through surgery if its not needed
    My son is close to 4 years old, he has this. And we were told that an operation wouldn't fix the issue. His sight is perfect. Patching has been refused I don't know why, but I would like it done. In worse case, he will need glasses.

    Please keep checking his vision doesn't change. I was also told it doesn't hurt them. I know my son tells me it hurts and when I mentioned it they said it doesn't bother them. Personally, in that case, I don't think my child is wrong.

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    I had a combination of patching, glasses and surgery. As others have mentioned, surgery is for cosmetic reasons. I'm very grateful that my parents opted for me to have surgery. My eye only turns in now when I'm tired. Maybe I'm vain (!) but I'm self conscious about my eye turning in when I'm tired and would hate for it to be that way all the time.

    I recall that for vision to be improved the patching and glasses treatment needs to be done when the child is young as by 8 the part of the brain that controls vision has finished developing. I was treated 30 years ago though so maybe understanding in this field has changed.

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    I had surgery when I was 3 and a half; but they ended up over-correcting the turn, so now an eye is almost permanently turned, and I can somehow subconsciously vary which I the turn is in at any given time. I could have an operation to straighten them again, but my parents were told it would pretty much be for cosmetic reasons, and there's no guarantee on how long it would last.

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    My daughter is 3 and has similar issues. She's been under a paediatric opthamologist for a while as eye issues are common with her syndrome.
    We noticed her eye about 18 months ago. And went to 6 monthly check ups for it. They don't feel that surgery is the best option so far. And that patching would be first. But they told me we'll 'wait and see'. I got the impression that surgery isn't the done thing for it anymore.

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