Worried my 2 mo. old is blind - help!

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Worried my 2 mo. old is blind - help!
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Tue, 03-07-2006 - 2:16am
I am terrified! I was playing with my 2 month old this evening and just realized that she is not tracking with her eyes - AT ALL. I tried moving every kind of toy/object (including high contrast/black and white things) back and forth in front of her, and she didn't track any of them. She won't even follow my face. What REALLY scared me is that I acted like I was going to jab her in the eye with my finger, and stopped just short of her eye, and she never blinked or flinched. Not even slowly or after a delay. I did this at least a dozen times, each eye separately and both eyes together.
I had noticed several other things previously, including:
- her eyes are crossed extremely frequently
- occasionally, when her eyes are crossed, one will move but not the other
- she rarely seems to hold my gaze
- she rarely smiles
She will, however, respond to light. If the room is dark and I turn the lights on, she blinks or squints.
I am calling the pediatrician for an appointment first thing this morning, but I am really curious about what anyone thinks about this. Thanks so much!
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 03-07-2006 - 8:23am

Hi and welcome.

 


 



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Registered: 08-18-2005
Tue, 03-07-2006 - 8:44am
Thanks so much for your reply. She was considered full-term, but she was 17 days early. She's still asleep this morning, but I plan to observe her carefully and objectively and make a note of everything I see. The one thing I didn't get a chance to check out last night was whether or not she follows me/other people with her eyes when we walk across the room. I'm trying to stay optimistic and hope and pray that it's just farsightedness. I do know that it's counterproductive to worry when I don't have any information yet. Thanks again!
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Registered: 04-04-2003
Tue, 03-07-2006 - 8:48am

For what it's worth, my son's pediatrician sent him to a pediatric opthamologist when he was 7 weeks old because he wasn't tracking. We saw the specialist, who seemed puzzled that Paul was even referred...his take on it was, "Well, his vision is pretty bad, but it's supposed to be pretty bad at this age!" So, by all means get a referral to a specialist to have your daughter checked out, but I did want to let you know that I also spent a week thinking my baby might be blind, and his vision turned out to be fine.

And if she is visually impaired in some way, it won't be the end of the world. You'll deal with it. My son, ironically, turned out to have other issues (really big cysts in his brain) and has had quite a lot of brain surgeries. You just deal with it.

~Lynn

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 03-07-2006 - 8:54am

Lynn, thanks for dropping in and sharing your experience, it's been 18+ years since I've had a newborn...so that stage is a bit fuzzy for me now.


 


 



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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 03-07-2006 - 8:57am

Thanks for the additional information.

 


 



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Tue, 03-07-2006 - 10:32am
Some of the things you mentioned are totally normal for a baby, because they don't have very strong muscles - one eye crossed or wandering, rarely smiling, etc. Even a smile is hard work for younger babies.
What concerns me is your "mommy gut" is telling you there is a problem. Our mommy guts are usually right, KWIM. If you really think there could be a problem with her vision, ask your ped for a referral to an opthomologist. An opthomologist probably won't do anything, just yet because she is so young, but he could help you rule out any major problems and give you things to look for just in case she does have issues with her vision.
My older dd started with an opthomologist at 9mo for vision problems, he's a wonderful guy that treats her like a princess. She gets sad because she only has to go once or twice a year now, LOL. My ydd is even jealous she doesnt' go at all, this guy is so nice to both of them.
GL and keep us posted!

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Registered: 08-18-2005
Tue, 03-07-2006 - 10:57am

Thanks! We have an appointment with our ped today at 1:15 CST. In the meantime, I am doing some observation during her alert time. I've been passing various B/W toys back in forth 6-8" in front of her face, then making tally marks for each time she tracks and each time she doesn't. I also make comments regarding whether her eyes are crossed or if one eye is turned inward. I also do something similar to see if she tracks me as I walk back and forth 5' in front of her. I'm just getting started, but so far she's tracked toys 3 out of 15 times (and those yes's seemed iffy) and my walking 0 out of 15 times. However, if I do the same thing with the sun behind me and the object casts a shadow on her face, she seemed to track a whole lot more, so that's slightly encouraging. To be sure, I did the tests so that there was no shadow. Anyway, at least I have some objective data to share with the ped at our appointment.

I'll keep y'all posted!

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Wed, 03-08-2006 - 10:00am

We had our ped appointment yesterday. He is definitely concerned and referred me to a pediatric ophthalmologist. My daughter will be seeing Dr. Sean Donahue at Vanderbilt in Nashville in two weeks. It will feel like a long time to wait, but I understand that we were lucky to get in with him so early. He's supposed to be one of the best in his field.

My ped said that separately, each of my daughter's symptoms wouldn't have been cause to worry, but the fact that she had all of them was. He was especially concerned about her not blinking/flinching/reacting when I pretended that I was going to poke her in the eye. (That's the one that scares me the most, because as far as her inability to track goes, some babies just hit milestones later than others.)

My DH has been on a business trip since Mon. morning (I discovered the problem Mon. night), and I chose not to tell him when he called. (He calls frequently, so I had to be careful!) People don't understand why I've chosen to wait, but in the past when he was away and I had bad news for him, he later told me that he was grateful that I waited until he returned. If one of the kids was in the hospital or something, that would be a different story; he'd be on his way home in a heartbeat. But in this case, there isn't anything he could do even if he were home. Her condition is not likely to worsen in two days. As far as my emotional well-being goes, I have a tremendous support system which has helped me to hang in there for teh past two days. My church is awesome and I'm very close to our preschool pastor. She would be here in a flash if I needed her. I have so many friends who are willing to lend an ear or do anything I need. And, I've been blessed with the most godly, precious MIL. We are very close and talk a lot. (She was in perfect agreement w/my decision to wait to tell him.) Most of all, I have Christ! I honestly don't know how I could get through times like these without Him. When I pray and study His word, I am reassured that I am never alone and that He is greater than any crisis I could ever face.

Anyway, he will be home tonight and I will be able to tell him. In one way, I'm bursting to get this off my chest; in another way, of course, I dread it. I've had nearly two days to adjust to the news, but for him it will be fresh and raw.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and support! I will continue to keep you posted.

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Wed, 03-08-2006 - 10:59am

I'm so glad you got a referral and your wait isn't too terribly long.