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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi Doc, My 5yr old daughter is diagnosed with cylindrical power of 1.5 in both eyes and as per eye testing guy her right eye is comparatively weaker.
Can this be cured by putting some kind of eye drop medicines or mandatory for her to wear glasses? Will it be lifelong or this will go off after going through proper medication?
As per my little information there is something called “astigmatism” which doesn’t go off?
Your advice will be highly appreciated.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   She has to use the glasses now
Doctor :   The correction of refractive error is highly unlikely and we cannot predict the time
User :   cant we do away with glasses ??
User :   and how long she is supposed to wear glasses
Doctor :   She has to continue the glasses and yearly check ups
Doctor :   And the time she has to wear can vary a lot
Doctor :   and most often if it does not get corrected by 18 yrs, she may get the LASIK surgery done after 18 yrs
User :   so what do you suggest rite now....i have yet not taken any suggestion as i m highly confuesd to consult an eye surgeon or what
User :   can u suggest something??
Doctor :   Let me explain you clearly
Doctor :   The refractive errors that set in children should be treated only with glasses
Doctor :   and there is no other treatment
Doctor :   and how long should they wear the glasses is unanswerable as most of the children error does not correct
Doctor :   and finally leading to life long usagge of glasses
User :   and what are the preventive measures which can make this power atleast stable...and actually is this a genetic problem or there are factors which lead to this problem???
Doctor :   The next step for your daughter is usage of glasses all the time so that she does not have complications
Doctor :   The preventive measure is to wear glasses
Doctor :   The factors are genetic
Doctor :   Diet and nutrition has importance
User :   and watching TV has an impact or it has nothing to do with that??
Doctor :   They have to maintain a distance of 6 feet
Doctor :   while watching TV
Doctor :   Sitting infront of TV rather than the side way viewing is good
User :   many times she is complaining of headache and under eyes skin get kind of that becoz of this problem only??
Doctor :   Can be a possible reason
User :   what is minimum cylindrical power for which person is not supposed to wear glasses??
Doctor :   it depends how the person is comfortably viewing
Doctor :   some does not require till 1.)
Doctor :   1.0
Doctor :   and some may require at 0.5
User :   i think i am done with my most of the queries, thanks for your time:)
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   thanks for this info...i would definately
User :   bye
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