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My DS has intermittent <a href="http://www.pedseye.com/Exotropia.htm" target="_blank">exotropia</a>, no doubt about it. It is a congenital condition (had it from birth), and we took him to a pediatric ophthalmologist Monday. He's supposed to be one of the best in the state. Now, they're talking surgery! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
I have a problem with this. I don't like the idea of doing surgery so young, even if it does heal better, it's a minor surgery, etc. But I also don't want to put it off and cause any developmental delays because it just gets worse... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
We're doing the eye-patch thing (guess how much my 7 mo. old likes <span style="text-decoration:underline;">that</span>) for now. I'm looking into eye therapy, but I don't know if he is a good candidate. I don't have the money to be taking him all over the country.<br><br>
Anyone have experience with this? Or just suggestions?
 

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hi there i had the opposite i had the eye patch too late about 5 or 6 so it didn t really help me ( im thinking theyre kinda the same thing only different directions the eye goes) any way i had an operaion when i was about 8 or 10...... mabe your ds will become used to the patch after a while and the muscle becomes stronger ???? if not then u could have the operation ..... i think i had to wear a patch for maybe acpl days after wards <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Yeah, I've heard that around 5-6 it gets to be "too late" to be effective. But DS is only 7 months...
 

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How bad is it? I can't tell from his pictures. My dd has intermittent exotropia too. She is 6 and just got glasses about a month ago. She hasn't needed an eye patch or anything, since hers isn't so bad. Our ped opthamologist said he never does surgery for it unless it's really bad. I'd get a second opinion before having surgery on a baby that young.
 

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I don't have any experience with this, but I checked out the link. I think I would probably do the surgery. It does sound like the sooner you do it, the better, and like the surgery is not that big of a deal (not to downplay it--any general anesthesia can be scary). Vision is so important. I really think that with anything that's affecting sight or hearing it makes sense to correct it as soon as possible.<br><br>
My ds had emergency surgery when he was 24 months after aspirating a peanut. It was really scary for me, especially when he was put under. But when he got out of surgery, I just got in bed with him and we nursed for about 12 hours straight and then he was totally fine. I think it probably would have been easier on him if he'd been younger because it was really scary for him to be in the hospital and have the IV. A baby probably wouldn't notice any of that as long as mama was right there (I was there until ds fell asleep, and I was there when he woke up, so he never knew that I wasn't with him the whole time).<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
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My DS has been diagnosed with esotropia, another form of strabismus. I was pretty freaked out when they first suggested surgery when he was just two months old (not to do it then, but that is when he was first diagnosed), and I still am somewhat freaked out and worried. But I also did a ton of research. I want to do everything I can to preserve his sight. If it is not corrected he may lose sight in one eye, as well as never having depth perception. I would want my parents to do everything possible for me, if I were him, that is. But I agree that surgery is not always the answer. Strabismus is pretty common, I have learned, but there are many different types too. It is not always straight forward on how to fix it. I would get a second (or third or fourth even) opinion. That will help you make your decision. I wouldn't wait around too longer either to do this. Depending on the type, there is often a short window of time to take action that may have lifetime consequences. Do a lot of research and ask lots of questions. Good luck. I know it sucks.
 
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