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Doctor insights on: How To Raise A Visually Blind Child

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Dr. Todd Goldblum
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Can a raised retina cause night blindness?

Can a raised retina cause night blindness?

See answer: A detached retina will cause decreased vision both at night and during the day. However night blindness alone is not a usual symptom of detached retina. ...Read more

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Signs of child being color blind?

Depends upon age: Obviously inability to distinguish between red / green colors. Some have trouble with blue/yellow. It does assume the child knows his colors. I am not aware of a condition where no colors are seen. These are usually specific to certain colors. ...Read more

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What sort of disease or condition might cause blindness in a child?

What sort of disease or condition might cause blindness in a child?

A multitude: Blindness can result from congenital issues, structural, metabolic, or traumatic damage. ...Read more

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How do you find out if a child has congenital blindness and at what age do you find this out?

How do you find out if a child has congenital blindness and at what age do you find this out?

At each well check: At each well check, the doctor will examine your baby's eyes and development to see if she is showing normal vision development. If you notice that your baby is not focusing, be sure and ask your doctor to check this. ...Read more

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Taking my child to the optometrist to test for color blindness. How do we prepare?

No need to: It's a simple test where they show the child a book (called an ishihara) with numbers hidden within colored dots. He/she will be asked to identify the numbers and based on that the doc will be able to tell if he/she is color blind. ...Read more

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If a child is cross eyed, does that mean he is blind in one eye?

If a child is cross eyed, does that mean he is blind in one eye?

No: But it can mean that 1 of tue eyes might have greatly diminished vision. This child should be taken as soon as possible to a pediatric ophthalmologist. He or she will determine if glasses alone will keep the eyes straight or surgery is required. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of blindness in a baby?

What are the symptoms of blindness in a baby?

No visual fixation: No visual fixations d following, no pupillary response to light response. ...Read more

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Why baby born blind ? Why not marry to cousin ?

Why baby born blind ? Why not marry to cousin ?

Many causes: Blindness in newborns can be from a variety of fetal insults including infections of various sorts. There are also a number of genetic reasons for blindness. These can be increased with the marriage of first cousins which is why this is discouraged. ...Read more

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What happens when a baby is born extremely near-sighted? Are they ever mistaken for being blind?

What happens when a baby is born extremely near-sighted? Are they ever mistaken for being blind?

Yes : Yes, a baby can be born extremely near sighted. I saw a girl myself who was thought to be blind and it turns out she was severely nearsighted. A proper eye exam with something called a "cycloplegic refraction" can detect it. But only once you give the glasses will you be able to tell if the child can see. Keep in mind that although possible, babies are almost exclusively far sighted at birth ...Read more

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Can a baby be born blind at birth if you have herpes?

Can a baby be born blind at birth if you have herpes?

Can be worse: An infant can acquire the herpes germ in the birth canal from a woman shedding the virus and look normal at birth.Within a week or two, it may have made its way into the brain to cause a tragic encephalitis.Even with aggressive treatment the kid may end up with a brain that resembles swiss cheese.Plan a scheduled c-section prior to labor if you have it. ...Read more

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What kind of incurable blindness can a baby be born with in third world?

What kind of incurable blindness can a baby be born with in third world?

Corneal scarring: Corneal scarring and ulceration related to infections especially to measles and trachoma is the most important cause, followed by corneal blindness resulting from vitamin a deficiency. Congenital rubella is another important cause for cataract/blindness. ...Read more

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I didn't realize that I had turn my baby's car seat towards the sun. It was directly in her eyes and very bright. She is 4 mnths. Will it blind her?

I didn't realize that I had turn my baby's car seat towards the sun.  It was directly in her eyes and very bright. She is 4 mnths. Will it blind her?

Not a problem: Babies at this age generally have the eyes shut much of the time. And the reflexes are already in place to avoid staring at bright lights. There is more of a risk to sunburn the skin in this circumstance than to the eyes. Nothing here to worry about. ...Read more

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I am 16 weeks pregnant. Is there a way of knowing whether the unborn baby will ge disabled or deformed eg.crippled or blind etc?

I am 16 weeks pregnant. Is there a way of knowing whether the unborn baby will ge disabled or deformed eg.crippled or blind etc?

Congrats!: Not all defects or deformities can be diagnosed while the baby is still inside the uterus. But at 20-24wks, you should undergo a special ultrasound called the anatomy scan that looks at all the essential developing parts of the baby. Most of the time, if there is a problem, it may be detected at that time. You should definitely raise your questions at your next prenatal visit. Good health. ...Read more

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How much does a person have to be visually impaired to be considered legally blind?

Legally blind: Anyone with vision worse than 20/200 without ability to be improved by corrective lense, is considered legally blind. ...Read more

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In what way can I tell i'm colour blind?

In what way can I tell i'm colour blind?

Can't tell colors: Most people with color-blindness have little doubt about it. These men (color-blindness is rare in woman) cannot distinguish many colors that other people can. For example, the colors green and brown often look identical to a color-blind person. There are online tests you can do - just google "colorblind test". ...Read more