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My Daughter Has Been Diagnosed With Cataracts! Help!

My 6 year old daughter failed a school vision screening and when I took her to the eye doctor he said she had a congenital cataract on her left eye but they don't do anything about it! Sad I don't understand first of all how this could have been missed and secondly, why wouldn't they do something if it is causing problems with her vision. Can someone please help? Thanks!
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replied January 18th, 2004
My nephew was recently born with cataracts and had surgery on both eyes as an infant.

Cataracts are serious, and if a doctor told me that he wouldn't do anything, i'd go to at least one more doctor, and make sure it's a pediatric opthalmologist. (it could be that if it wasn't caught early, you miss the window of opportunity in which the eye could have been improved.)

if you are completely broke, make the appointment anyway. Here are some ways to look for money: tell your pastor that you're in a bind (the church might donate some money or the church might have a member who's a very good eye doctor); call the united way and ask if there's a charity that would help; call your local children's hospital and ask the same question; set up a payment plan and then babysit for the money; ask your relatives for the money; give some items to your friend's garage sale to raise the money.

Good luck!
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replied May 15th, 2017
Hello, This post is kinda old but I am going to reply anyway. I am 57 years old and was diagnosed at age 5 with congenital cataracts in both eyes. Back in my childhood it was believed that congenital cataracts always resulted in blindness and mental retardation. However, here I am and I did not go blind nor do i yet need cataract surgery and I graduated from college with a 4.0 gpa and a degree in chemistry. I have had to wear glasses since age 5 but in my case the cataracts did not grow much. They are beginning to grow now, but this is an age related progression and the opthamologist says within 10 years I will need to have them removed. I am holding out for age 72.
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replied January 26th, 2004
I Have Those Also
I was born with congential cataracts on both my eyes. First off congential means birth defect. They are not normal cataracts that older people get as they age. These ones are like little pits in the lens. And act like little snowflakes that will eventually fill up the space, then they will be ready to remove. I am just now having alot of eyesight problems and I just turned 40 yesterday. I wore glasses while young but was told I would not have to worry til I was much older. Last year I started having problems but getting bifocals helped alot. My specialist told me I could leave them for now but if I insisted he would remove them .I have opted to leave them for a bit longer. My childhood eye dr never even told me about these until I moved away and had a new dr panic over them she was fresh out of school and never seen such a thing before and sent me to a specialist. When I moved back home I questioned my eye dr about this and he told me he saw no sense getting me all upset over something wouldnt have to deal with for years to come.
He still should of told me or my parents.
I do hope these are what you are talking about and that they dotn cause too much grief.
Meg
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replied April 19th, 2010
my five year old also failed the school eye test - she has seen three doctors - specialists in their field two say do surgery now and one specialist Dr Ohara says to wait no hurry while the other dr Frederick says do it now - I too am in such a bind and am searching for qualified reputable doctor to confirm her diagnosis and makes sense of all this - best of luck to you
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