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Old 05-21-2003, 04:43 AM   #1
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Unhappy 16 month old eye is turning in "Worried"

Hello,
I am a very worried mother. My 16 month old who has never had eye prob, now has her right eye is turning in. She has a appt with a specialest on June 2, but I was wondering if anyone might know why this is happining?

I might be making a mountian out of a small hill but I had a good friend and her son had no prob with his eyes. Then one day his eye started to turn in and she took him to the doctor and they found out that he had cancer on his brain stem. That was making his eye turn in. He past away at the young age of 10. This scares me to death. I know that my daughter does not have cancer (I pray she doesn't) But It does scare me.

Are they going to patch her eye or put glasses on her? I just dont understand why all of a sudden after all this time it now just starts to turn in.

Sorry for going on and on, but I am a Mother of 6 and she is my youngest.
Thanks for your input.
Bye Chele'
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Old 05-21-2003, 06:42 AM   #2
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I remember reading some information about this, and here's something I just found:

"An eyelid can turn inward (entropion) so that the skin of the eyelid and its lashes constantly rub against the eye. Constant eye irritation and discomfort usually result. An eye so irritated is at risk of developing severe infections and scarring that may result in permanent visual loss. Surgical correction of an entropion is strongly recommended."

 
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Old 05-21-2003, 08:42 AM   #3
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Originally posted by iChrisi:
I remember reading some information about this, and here's something I just found:

"An eyelid can turn inward (entropion) so that the skin of the eyelid and its lashes constantly rub against the eye. Constant eye irritation and discomfort usually result. An eye so irritated is at risk of developing severe infections and scarring that may result in permanent visual loss. Surgical correction of an entropion is strongly recommended."
Chele is describing a misalignment of her daughter's eyeball, NOT the eyelid.

Chele, there are many causes for an eye turn. Most causes are not serious, and can be fixed. Try doing a search for "strabismus" on google. It's possible, but unlikely, that any form of cancer anywhere is causing this. I hope the appt. with the specialist goes well for you and your daughter. Please keep us updated.


 
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Quote:
Originally posted by iChrisi:
I remember reading some information about this, and here's something I just found:

"An eyelid can turn inward (entropion) so that the skin of the eyelid and its lashes constantly rub against the eye. Constant eye irritation and discomfort usually result. An eye so irritated is at risk of developing severe infections and scarring that may result in permanent visual loss. Surgical correction of an entropion is strongly recommended."
Chele is describing a misalignment of her daughter's eyeball, NOT the eyelid.

Chele, there are many causes for an eye turn. Most causes are not serious, and can be fixed. Try doing a search for "strabismus" on google. It's possible, but unlikely, that any form of cancer anywhere is causing this. I hope the appt. with the specialist goes well for you and your daughter. Please keep us updated.


 
Old 05-21-2003, 01:22 PM   #5
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I agree with Qwerty. Cancer is probably the least likely cause of a misaligned eye.

My daughter's eyes began to turn inwards when she was around 9 months old (strabismus). Whenever she looked to the side, one would turn in and also up. I consulted a pediatric ophthalmologist, who prescribed glasses at 12 months of age. I remember thinking, "How the heck do you keep glasses on a baby?," but the doctor pointed out that a baby usually WILL keep them on if s/he notices they can see better. The glasses didn't help, unfortunately, and then my daughter developed amblyopia. Simply put, the brain gets tired of seeing conflicting images and "turns" off vision to one eye. This can lead to blindness, even though there is nothing actually wrong with the vision in that eye. Patching takes care of that; in our case, within two weeks. Never thought I could keep an eye patch on a toddler for 3-4 hours/day, but she LOVED it (go figure!). Still no improvement, though, so she had surgery at 2.5 years. We achieved 100% correction and I was extremely pleased. It's been 2 years since her surgery and I rarely remember she even had an eye problem.

Sorry to be so long-winded, but I just wanted to let you know I've been in the same boat. Of course, we don't know if your daughter has strabismus, but if she does, there are treatment options to explore.

Good luck and keep us updated

 
Old 05-21-2003, 01:42 PM   #6
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Chele-

I wrote you a reply on the children's health section, but I just wanted to say it again...

Qwerty & Donna are correct. It is EXTREMELY rare for the cause of strabismus to be a life threatening tumor or cancer. The solution to this may be as simple as the proper set of glasses (and I hope it is), so try not to panic! I know you are very worried, and rightfully so, that's a moms job after all! However, the odds are very much on your side for a good outcome.

I hope that the visit to the specialist goes well and that he can put your mind at ease.

 
Old 05-22-2003, 04:59 AM   #7
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Bless you all for writing me and the kind words.
I am trying not to worry, but it is hard when it is your child.
It is really nice being able to talk to others about this and I will keep you all up to date.
THANKS again for you help.
Hugs Chele'

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