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At times, your child does not fix objects symmetrically. He would even tend to squint. And if you hide one of his eyes from him, every second time he pushes your hand ... because it is in front of the eye that sees well. What is the problem ?
Who disturbs it?
- Your child. He is certainly embarrassed but does not know why. He feels your concern.
- You. You are afraid of not detecting a possible pathology in time. This could have serious consequences for the future vision of your child.
CASE BY CASE SOLUTIONHe has a lazy eye
When he looks, you find that his eyes are not parallel. One even tends to go outward, indicating that this eye is not working and that the other is tired. Your child suffers from a divergent strabismus, perhaps because of an amblyopia, a pathology with serious consequences when it is not detected in time. The vision of the "lazy" eye may be reduced. The amblyopic eye does not work at all, it can even become blind in the long term.
- What has to be done. Amblyopia when screened and re-educated before age 7 is not irreversible. Consult without delay an ophthalmologist who will prescribe glasses as well as the occlusion of the "good" eye, which will be put to rest by means of a cache. The lazy eye will be forced to work and get back on the axis.
He complains of headaches
When it comes to looking closely, both of your child's eyes squint toward his nose. This convergent strabismus may be a sign of hyperopia. Her near vision is handicapped and your child makes a constant effort of accommodation to see. It gives him a headache.
- What has to be done. Once again, to avoid any risk of amblyopia, it is necessary that the strabismus of your child is corrected with the help of glasses and possibly also of an occlusion by a cache. The ophthalmologist to decide!
It has a white spot in the eye
Recently, when you immerse your eyes in his, you see that his pupil jet turns white. Your child may have a cataract. This pathology, often of congenital origin, leads to the partial or total opacification of the lens.
- What has to be done. It is an ophthalmological emergency. The practitioner may decide, if the cataract is moderate, to wait to monitor the evolution. But in many cases, it is necessary to operate under general anesthesia before 7 years, always because of the risk of amblyopia.
"After the diagnosis of his amblyopic eye, the beginnings of Malo with the cache glasses were complicated, he saw less well and was lost.No question to leave him alone.Primo to reassure him and deuzio to prevent him from withdrawing his cover, we used small stratagems, the cover became a pretext to disguise himself, and with stickers, it was the sign of Super-Malo, he slowly got used to it, his lazy eye started again. to work and Malo quickly felt the improvement! " Vincent, dad of Malo, 3 years and a half.
Frédérique Odasso with Dr. Emmanuelle Delair, ophthalmologist in Paris.