Med school student potentially in trouble due to vision

Discussion in 'Optometry Discussion' started by brucemc777, Nov 21, 2019.

  1. brucemc777


    Nov 21, 2019
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    Forgive me for posting here, i need the feedback of professionals and because my daughter is concerned, i fear general lay discussion could be factually hazardous.

    When my daughter was almost two, she had what we thought was just a common flu. Immediately afterwards, one of her eyes turned severely inward. We were told it could be corrected by surgery when she was older, perhaps 12. She wears toric(sp?) contact lenses to correct.

    She is now 22. We have been told that the surgery is frequently inadequate, and a respected ophthalmologist in our area actually refused to do surgery when we asked last year.

    She wishes to be a neonatal cardio surgeon (i apologize for any misspellings, she is much smarter than i). She excelled in premed at a well known private university and now is in her first year of med school, studying an incredible amount night and day.

    She recently went to a new doctor for an exam for her contact lenses. He told her that the cells that coordinate each eye's vision to provide near-focus depth perception did not develop properly in her, and he knows this would prevent her from a career in eye surgery; that it might prevent her from a future in neonatal cardio surgery.

    Neonatal cardio surgery has been her dream ever since middle-school, and she has done so well in her classwork. It would be tragic for her not to be able to achieve this. I well understand that on the other hand, at least if we know as early as possible if the condition is prohibitive, we can work on a new course.

    This is why i need professional input. Does anyone absolutely know the answer to this? If this is an issue, can the eyes be "retrained" (or, frankly, even if it is not)?

    Again, i deeply apologize if my posting in this forum is improper; please understand, for what it is worth, that it is out of my extreme concern for my daughter.

    brucemc777, Nov 21, 2019
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