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Please Help...8yr. old son's eye is having problems!

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  • Posted By: Niktoria
  • December 17, 2008
  • 07:39 AM

:(PLEASE HELP ME!:(
I took my 8yr. old son to the doctors 4 days ago, due to his right eye having excessive "winking". He says only sometimes it hurts. At the doctors, they looked at his retina, and said it looked okay. The doctor initially thought it could be a "tic", but then, he put an orange dye on the front of his eyeballs and turned the lights off, and shined a black light into his eyes. We immediately saw a spot about the size of a grain of rice going down the sclera (white part of the eyeball), right next to the dark middle part, since his eyes are brown. The doctor said it's not a scratch, but it could be scar tissue, or a growth. I'm extremely concerned about what kind of growth it may be! The only thing I can think of about the scar tissue, if any, is when he was 5yrs. old, he ran into my dresser and hit his eye on the corner of the dresser, resulting in getting a couple of stitches. But the stitches were on the brow itself and just below the brow on the upper part of the eyelid.

My son says it doesn't itch, but it always feels like something is in his eye. Therefore, he's always "winking" that eye. Just about every night, he puts a cold rag on his eye in bed. He just had a vision test and his sight is horrible! He could only read maybe down to the 2nd or 3rd line below the big "E". He says he can see out of the right eye better than the left, and the right eye is the one with this spot on it.

I Googled about this, and everything kept saying things like this would lead to collapsing of the eyeball.

Can someone please tell me some information about this, or what condition this may be, and could this lead to him losing his eye or eyesight, or what types of growth it may be???? PLEASE...I'm so afraid for him. :( :confused: Are the websites about this problem? If so, I'd like to know them.

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  • hi, im not sure if this helps, but i have the "tics" your doctor mentioned. its called tourette's syndrome. i actually blink alot, too (amongst other things). the best way to describe the feeling is that i blink an unnecessary amount of times, and if i dont blink these extra times, i begin to feel very nervous and the muscles feel twitchy too, until i absolutely must blink more. Its a neurological problem, but its definately managable. personally, stress and anxiety set off the tics to occur more often than other times. not sure if this helps, but maybe you can ask your son if he feels anything similar to the way i described. Good luck, and hope u figure this out.
    wantsanswers 22 Replies
    • December 18, 2008
    • 04:44 AM
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  • hi, im not sure if this helps, but i have the "tics" your doctor mentioned. its called tourette's syndrome. i actually blink alot, too (amongst other things). the best way to describe the feeling is that i blink an unnecessary amount of times, and if i dont blink these extra times, i begin to feel very nervous and the muscles feel twitchy too, until i absolutely must blink more. Its a neurological problem, but its definately managable. personally, stress and anxiety set off the tics to occur more often than other times. not sure if this helps, but maybe you can ask your son if he feels anything similar to the way i described. Good luck, and hope u figure this out.Thank you so much for letting me know this! :D I took my son to the pediatric opthalmologist and he did tell me that my son is having tics and he saw nothing on his eyeball when he did the second eye test with the black light. Unfortunately, this doctor's bedside manner was horrible...very abrupt, and rude! :eek: :mad: My son still says that he cannot control his winking. I asked him if he feels like he's the one that must wink instead of it happening on its own. with you having the same thing, how long do you think this will go on? He doesn't do anything else uncontrolably though. I deeply appreciate your response.
    Niktoria 1 Replies
    • December 31, 2008
    • 09:05 AM
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  • your welcome. i know how frustrating it is to be in your son's situation. Unfortunately, if it is the Tourette's, it is a disease that sticks with you throughout your life, though, it can be managed. Personally, as a child i experienced many more tics than i do now, but i had to go to a specialized doctor, as well as a psychiatrist, to try to overcome the feelings of the tics. Many of them are triggered by things like stress and anxiety, which i currently take xanax to calm me down in certain situations when it becomes really bad. However, other than that, with support from his family, as well as looking into some doctors in the special area, there is a very good chance that your son will be able to learn to deal with, and manage, the tics. i currently have been able to narrow the field down so i only have to go to my general physician to manage my Tourette's. He, however, has been there with me since the begginning, so i still recommend seeing a specialty doctor first. Currently i blink alot, as well as your son. It can get frustrating when reading for something, or school, but ultimately, just make sure you tell him to remain calm, and he should be fine, as i said b4, getting worked up about things just makes it worse. Hope that helps, and good luck :) if you have any more questions feel free to ask
    wantsanswers 22 Replies
    • January 1, 2009
    • 06:36 PM
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  • You may want to look into nutritional deficiencies causing his winking problems. Magnesium is one nutrient that can cause this...there are others. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 1, 2009
    • 11:34 PM
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  • Ask the doctors to check the flow of his tear film...when he blinks it may be that the rice sized area keeps a part of the clear surface of his eye from getting moist...this will lead to excessive blinking. He may be producing excessive tears to compensate for this (also leading to excessive blinking). Or, he may have dry eyes. (Needs a Shirmer test, which is where the doctor puts a strip of filter paper in the corner of the eyelid and measures the amount of tears produced so many seconds).Also, check his eyes when he is asleep to see if the right eye is fully closed while he sleeps. Again, a rice sized scar or swelling can keep the lid from fully closing. Since his right eye is his better eye for vision, he may also be keeping that eye open longer than normal in order to see, resulting in needing to blink a lot to moisten the cornea (clear surface area of the eye). Getting glasses might help the situation.
    marionstar 228 Replies
    • January 2, 2009
    • 02:41 AM
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