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Eye discomfort


A parent states that his daughter is consistently ripping off her glasses and complaining that her eyes hurt and requesting that they be rubbed. The behavior occurs daily from the time the child arrives home from school until bed time (for the last 3 years). In May of last year, this child underwent surgery to "straighten her eyes from the side to the front." Could this be related?

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If the eyes are not red and eye exam is normal then this is almost certainly (and very common in people with CdLS) behavioral.

AL/TK 7-13-10

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The eyes and the visual system

Surgical correction of ptosis should be considered if vision is significantly affected or if the individual is lifting their chin in attempt to see more clearly and it is affecting the individual’s ability to move around.
Blepharitis in individuals with CdLS should be treated conservatively with lid hygiene. Nasolacrimal duct obstruction (blocked tear ducts) should be suspected if symptoms are not improved with lid hygiene.
Vision should be regularly evaluated in all individuals with CdLS, especially in infancy and childhood. Problems with vision should be corrected early to prevent amblyopia (lazy eye), although children may have difficulty tolerating glasses or contact lenses.

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