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Question: 16 month old with cataract in left eye


 aruneben - Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:23 pm

Hi,

My son was diagnosed with cataract in his left eye, a week ago by an
eye specialist. and another pediatric opthomologist confirmed it
yesterday.

i cannot see proof that he is loosing vision on one of his eye. are
there any tests that we can perform on a 16 month old to see if he is
loosing vision on one of his eye.

the doctor has informed that he has to perform another test under
anesthesia in two weeks and then perform a surgery right then if
needed.

my son does not show any symtoms other than occasional cross eyes when
looking at objects. he shoots the basketball extremely well from 1 to
two feet. reads books and identifies objects in the book.

is there any chance i can wait couple of years and monitor him
monthly/weekly, so that we can perform surgery in couple of years when the kid can communicate.
 angel2close - Sun Apr 23, 2006 10:41 pm

If you are unsure of having this surgery, I urge you to arrange some time to speak with the Opthamologist. Get an explanation, that you understand, of what the test is that he wants to do. How is it done and what will it tell the doctor.
Cataract surgery is usually very quick to do, done by laser now, and fairly painless. If the tests show that your son has a vision problem with that eye, I would suggest having the cataract removed. He may be able to do all of the things that you stated using the vision of just one eye. Children can adapt rather quickly and easily to vision problems. At his age, he probably does not realize that he is not seeing well and thinks of his vision as normal. Which by the way, it is for him at the present.
Best of luck to you both and keep a good thought.

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