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Posted on Tue, 15 Jul 2014
Question: Hello Doctor. My 4 year old son was born pre-mature and has gone through ROP procedure immidiately after his birth. We have been in regular touch with the eye surgeon who performed my son's ROP. Till last october, my son's eye sight was 6/6. Some days back I noticed that he was squeezing his eyes to watch TV and went for a checkup. He has been identified with cylindrical power of -.75(L), -1(R). Nothing as of now for Spherical power. I have a family history of wearing specs. I would like to know,
1) if there is anything in particular causing the week eyesight.
2) Is there a way to Cure it?
3) Is there a way to prevent future deterioration of the eye sight?
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Answered by Dr. Mihir Shah (31 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Nothing to worry

Detailed Answer:
Dear XXXX,

Thank you for your query.

First of all let me make it clear that the astigmatism (cylinder power) is not related to the ROP.

Astigmatism is due to a variation in the curvature of the cornea which is genetically determined.

There is no cure for astigmatism. However we can correct the visual problem arising from it with spectacles. If the problem persists in adulthood, he has the option of either wearing spectacles or undergoing LASIK treatment.

To prevent further deterioration, he has to wear glasses constantly and avoid unnecessary squeezing and rubbing of eyes.

I hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Best regards,
Dr.Mihir Shah

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Brief Answer: Nothing to worry Detailed Answer: Dear XXXX, Thank you for your query. First of all let me make it clear that the astigmatism (cylinder power) is not related to the ROP. Astigmatism is due to a variation in the curvature of the cornea which is genetically determined. There is no cure for astigmatism. However we can correct the visual problem arising from it with spectacles. If the problem persists in adulthood, he has the option of either wearing spectacles or undergoing LASIK treatment. To prevent further deterioration, he has to wear glasses constantly and avoid unnecessary squeezing and rubbing of eyes. I hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Best regards, Dr.Mihir Shah