Childhood Diseases

Posted by: claire | 2010-07-29


re: squint

I did contact Steve Biko Hospital and no matter who I spoke to they all refused to say anything as I am not a patient there...? No one would give me a name or anything! I can''t give up, and even though I can''t afford to find the right doctor through trial and error, my search begins! My son''s double vision is getting him down and he is now also complaining that his sight is becoming blury. So frustrating, I wished I lived in Cape Town!

Thank you once again for pointing me in the right direction as I would have approached this issue all wrong!

Expert's Reply



You must book an appointment to see the paediatric neurologist there. Please phone again tomorrow and even if you have to speak to the Head of the department of paediatrics who is Professor Robin Green make sure that you get to see the paediatric neurologist.Tell him about the run around that they gave you when you tried to make an appointment.If necessary you can get a referral letter from your GP but this will depend on whether you are asked to bring a letter with you or not.

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Posted by: heidi | 2010-07-30

hey claire
she could focus and follow 100%, but when she looked at something far away, her right eye would drift outwards. she was diagnosed at 6 months, and operated at 8months. was very scary but docs were excellent. the next day, we realised that she could see " better" . we were thrilled. her eye were corrected by 38degrees but was out by 45degrees. they do it that way as not to overcorrect and then she would have a permanent squint inwards. the docs have been very impressed with her eye and said its 100%. for us, sometimes her eye looks like its going ever so slightly inwards, but docs said thats what they want, it will in time correct itself.
sorry to hear that your son is having trouble seeing now, must be very scary for you and him. just keep on calling the hospital. my doc explained that in older children/grown-ups, a squint causes blurred vision. in babies, they actually have the ability to " shut the eye off"  and only see through one eye, which then causes the other eye to go blind.
best of luck, hope you get to see someone soon!

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Posted by: clair | 2010-07-29

Hi Heidi,

Thank you so much! Every bit helps. 8 months! wow must have been scary for you. Your daughter ok? how old is she now?
I have to see a neurologist first as the squint was side effect of Ritalin, but since he''s been off the squint didn''t go away. He''s 11 and it''s causing huge hassles at school.

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Posted by: heidi | 2010-07-29

oops, sorry claire, only saw now that doc suggested you see a pediatric neurologist.

Schutte C.M. Prof. Neurology 012 354 2390 Level 6, Room 62289

Mù ller E. Dr. (Act) Paediatric Surgery 012 354 5054 Level 3, Room 31305

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Posted by: heidi | 2010-07-29

hey claire

my daughter was operated at 8 months for intermittent divergent squint (i.e. strabismus). i can imagine what you must be going through.

i am not sure if you don''t know who to get hold of at steve biko but i quickly looked it up for you. head of the department is:

Prof P Roux (Ophthalmology)
012 354 1782
Level 5, Room 51237

here''s some other ophthalmologost''s details. maybe just speak to them and then they can point you in the right direction.

Dr. Pierre L.P. Cilliers
M.B. Ch.B (Pret.) M.Med (Ophth)
Address: Sandhurst Eye Centre
53 Saxon Road
Tel: +2711 217-7500

you can also contact the pretoria eye institute:
Tel: +27 12 343-5873
630 Schoeman Street
Arcadia, Pretoria
South Africa
Tel: +2711 217-7500

hope it helps!

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