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Can a child develop a "lazy eye" from falling on his head?

Asked by Aster (18947points) March 1st, 2011

If a child with normal eyes falls and cracks his skull on a brick fireplace hearth and develops a lazy eye is it from the fall itself and does it resolve itself with surgery? Or do they not do surgery and the condition is permanent?

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YoBob's avatar

Bottom line is that this is a question for a qualified physician who can physically examine the child to determine exactly what is going on.

RocketGuy's avatar

Definitely check with a Dr. Especially check for eye muscle function. I think I damaged something when I was young – one of my eye muscles does not work. One eye cannot look diagonally up and to the left.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Lazy Eye is not caused by concussion. This is a condition in need of medical attention. I had a childhood friend that had surgery for her eye issue. The surgeries and treatments are easy to understand at the prevent blindness website.

If said child had any neurological issues after a fall on a hearth, and I were the parent or family member, I would seek out the best peds neurologist I could find in my area immediately.

Aster's avatar

I am certain that the parents have and will continue to assure the best medical care for such a child. I was only asking because this is Fluther and , well, we ask all kinds of questions on here, medical questions included. at least I thought it was that type of forum.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Aster It is that type of forum Here in Fluther we aren’t docs, well, most of us aren’t so when we hear child/injured we say “go see a doc”.

Aster's avatar

But do we say, “go see a doc” if it’s a hypothetical question? I wouldnt assume a child who had fallen had been ignored.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Aster you posted this question in the “general” section. Not the “social” section.

CaptainHarley's avatar

How hard did he hit his head? Was there visable injury? Were there any other changes than the “lazy eye?” This could be traumatic brin injury. If this is a real case, take the child to the emergency room as soon as is humanly possible!

Aster's avatar

@CaptainHarley it was in another state over a year ago. His head was allegedly “split open.” He appears well in all aspects except for the eye that roams in the wrong direction. I was wondering if the injury could have caused the eye problem. He is in good hands and always has been.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Aster The eye may have been “in the wrong direction” already and may be more prevalent as he’s aged.

My advice would be to get him to a good peds optometrist. He should have therapy and surgery as soon as it is possible. This is the type of thing to have fixed young.

Aster's avatar

thanks but I am sure he has been to doctors by now! I cannot get him to anyone; he lives 600 miles away with very competent, caring parents . I was just wondering if the injury could have caused this to happen five years ago.

CaptainHarley's avatar


It’s entirely possible. The brain is a very intricate and delicate organ, which is why we have skulls to protect it. Any sort of trauma could have consequences totally unforseen even by neurologists. A sudden, sharp blow, whatever its source, could indeed cause vision problems.

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