Bright light injuring the eyes, head injury consulting an ophthamologist - Online Doctor Chats
User : Hi doctor
User : I am worrying I did something wrong with my baby
User : He is 9 month old
User : and he had a head bump yesterday
User : I wanted to check his pupils
User : but cannot find my torch, so I used the lamp beside the bed
User : Now, I am worrying the light is too bright to his eyes
User : worrying might have done some damage to his eyes
User : the light bulb is a clear bulb, probably 40W
User : the bulb is only about 1 feet away from his eyes
Doctor : First thing the lamp is not a good source of light to be used to check the pupils.
User : and I checked quite slow
User : Yes, I know it now. So I am worrying now.
Doctor : I don't thing that it can damage his eyes.
User : I checked three times, and each time about 1 to 2 minutes, which seems quite long to me
User : It's quite bright. I tried it on my eyes later, and found I cannot bear it
User : so blaming myself so much
Doctor : even the babies will have reflex process where when source of light is showned to eyes ,they will close the eyes minimizising the effects
User : how can a baby stand such bright light
User : He did close his eyes, or looked down or up to avoid the light
User : but there are moments he seems looking at the light
Doctor : yes its a nomal process given by the nature to prevent injury to eyes
Doctor : You can see a opthalmologist during examination even a minor injury can be identified
Doctor : Please don't blame yourself for this.
User : Is it too early for a 9 months old baby to see a opthalmologist?
User : can a opthalmologist identify injuries to the retinas?
Doctor : No. there is no time bound. whenever the need arises a consultant help is must.
Doctor : Yes . But i don't consider a retinal injury in this scenario.It might be just minor corneal injury.
User : sorry what's corneal injury?
User : is this kind of injury serious? is it a permanent damage or can be recovered over time?
Doctor : Cornea is transparent structure in the eye which helps in converging the light rays to retina.
Doctor : As i mentioned there is very remote chance of injury to the baby eyes.
Doctor : Even if it an injury it will be milder one and temporary ,nothing seems serious.
User : will it affect the baby's eyesight?
Doctor : No. But see a ophthalmologist if there is an injury he will assess its level of injury and he will guide you properly
User : Should I take the baby to see a ophthalmologist right now?
User : he is in a waiting list with a ophthalmologist
Doctor : Not now,but a eye examination should be done to seek for any injury.
User : but may need to wait months to see one
User : I mean if there is an injury, will the delay make a difference to the recovery?
Doctor : A month is too long to wait.
Doctor : Yes .
User : But we need a GP's refer to see a ophthalmologist
User : It won't be immediately
Doctor : Ok , meanwhile observe him for 1. watering from his eyes
Doctor : 2. constant cry
Doctor : 3.rubbing his eyes frequently
Doctor : above things indicates the possibilities of any eye injury.
User : i didnt notice water from his eyes
User : he rab his eyes a few times,but not frequent .
User : no constant cry
Doctor : ok. that indicates there is no eye injury.But a eye examination will 100% surely detect a even minor injury if it is present, which might not be symptomatic.
Doctor : See a GP for now, follow his advice
User : Ok, I will try
User : But, you think it's unlikely to be any injury from this?
Doctor : Yes its unlikely to have caused injury.
User : Thank. I will talk to his GP next Monday
Doctor : Ok .
User : Thank you. Bye
Doctor : Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor : Bye for now.
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