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Bright light injuring the eyes, head injury consulting an ophthamologist - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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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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