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Old Mar 21st, 2016, 14:45 PM   1
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1 year old eye appointment UK, what to expect?


My daughter is almost 1 year 3 months and has had a worsening eye turn for at least 6 months. I got my GP to refer her to the optometrist and she's there tomorrow. I'm wondering what to expect. What tests will they do? It's just a normal eye clinic not a paediatric one so will the person be experienced enough to adjust their tests to suit a 1 year old? I'm worried that the person will dismiss it as a pseudo squint because they can't do the tests properly and my daughter will end up with some permanent vision loss as her brain will stop taking notice of the messages from that eye.

Does anyone have any experience of squint tests or the treatment?



 
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Old Mar 21st, 2016, 16:06 PM   2
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My daughter got referrered at a young age and they pull out different pictures etc to see if the child looks at them . She also had to get eyedrops. She was prescribed patches



 
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Old Mar 21st, 2016, 18:46 PM   3
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Thanks. I did wonder how they could test them at such a young age, she obviously can't tell them anything. Her eye has got progressively worse and everyone notices it now whereas to start with people only noticed when I mentioned it.
How did u get ur lo to keep the patch on?



 
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Old Mar 22nd, 2016, 03:36 AM   4
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I don't think it matters much that they can't answer questions they are looking to see what the child focuses on (at that age anyway). Thankfully my daughter was really good at keeping the patches on she had to wear them for 2 hours a day on her good eye. She actually had her eyes checked in September they couldn't even detect her squint anymore. Hope your appointment goes well x



 
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Old Apr 27th, 2016, 13:57 PM   5
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I completely forgot to reply. They confirmed a squint, it seems to be getting worse and her other eye is showing signs of squint too.
Something popped up on Facebook today about retinoblastoma and I looked at it and it has me worried. There are pictures where I'm not sure if she has white eye or if it's the flash reflection, they also had trouble getting red eye reflex at birth.
She has her second apt next week where they will dilate her pupils to check her eyes and do an eye test. She could need glasses if her vision is off or she could need surgery if it isn't her sight causing it and they will adjust her muscle strength. Wish I hadn't seen the retinoblastoma thing though, it's going to be a long week. I'm sure it's just a squint and nothing more but everyone says they never thought it would happen to them. Staying positive though, and at least it's getting dealt with while she's young



 
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Old Apr 27th, 2016, 17:02 PM   6
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What is white eye ?



 
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Old Apr 28th, 2016, 15:46 PM   7
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Where there would usually be a red eye reflection from a camera flash it appears as a white disc instead. From what iv read retinoblastoma is something they routinely rule out when doing squint tests at her next apt anyway so just got to sit tight for a few more days



 
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Old Apr 28th, 2016, 16:33 PM   8
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Sometimes my daughter has white in 1 eye sometimes both red she saw the ophthalmology dep last year and was discharged



 
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Old Apr 28th, 2016, 20:08 PM   9
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Sometimes I no that phone cameras in particular can cause it through reflection and the way their eyes are facing etc so trying not to look too much into it (excuse the pun) I don't no what it is, I have a feeling I can't put my finger on, iv never felt this anxious about anything before, even when she was newborn and went into hospital with suspected sepsis I didn't panic and thought it's OK I no she will be fine but this feels different. I'm spending loads of time trying to find something that sets my mind at ease (I tend to search online for reassurance rather than diagnosis) but everything I read seems to just add flame to the fire.



 
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Old Apr 29th, 2016, 03:15 AM   10
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It was a phone camera I used thank you I'm just hoping if there was any issue they would have seen at her check up . I understand the anxiety you feel iv been through lots of appointments with my daughter for other things and looking on Google was the worst thing I could have done



 
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