Saturday, July 03, 2010

Lazy Eyes

Weeks ago, someone said Gabbie has lazy eyes. This didn't bother us so much, because we were informed as well that it can be corrected non-surgically especially at her age. 

But according to Wikipedia, Amblyopia, or lazy eye as it is otherwise known, is a "disorder of the visual system that is characterized by poor or indistinct vision in an eye that is otherwise physically normal, or out of proportion to associated structural abnormalities.

...caused by either no transmission or poor transmission of the visual stimulation through the optic nerve to the brain for a sustained period of dysfunction or during early childhood thus resulting in poor or dim vision. Amblyopia normally only affects one eye, but it is possible to be amblyopic in both eyes if both are similarly deprived of a good, clear visual image. Detecting the condition in early childhood increases the chance of successful treatment."

So we decided that we had to do it now to prevent it from developing into squinted eyes. We brought Gabbie to an ophthalmologist today to have her eyes checked. Thank God that there's nothing to worry about. The doctor said there's nothing wrong with Gabbie's eyes. Im not good at explaining things like this but I'll try. 

The reason why we don't see the black of her eyes positioned properly at the corner especially during quick eye movements is that the bridge of the nose of kids her age is still underdeveloped. The skin at the inner corner of the eyes is somewhat flat, covering part of the eyes. Another thing is because her eyes are so singkit. The ophtha moved the flashlight from left to right, up and down and back. Gabbie's eyes responded accordingly, at a normal pace.Then he pinched her in the nosebridge to "lift" the skin to show us that the thing we're looking for is there, just hidden beneath that skin. Im posting a close up picture of Gabbie in this post so go figure... this is normal daw with people in Oriental countries, because of the chinky eyes.

Ok, ok blame it on the genes. The nose, the eyes... But whatever it is, we are super thankful to God that it is not something to really worry about.

1 comment:

em said...

We also thought that our little girl has lazy eye, but someone says we should wait a little more since she's still young then. And yes blame it to the eyes and the 'pinay' nose.
-em (n@wie)