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Does the child close eyes in bright light? Does the right eye cornea ( or the dark coloured part) appear larger than the left eye?
He squints in the bright light, the right eye appears larger
A yellowish discharge from both eyes may not be from conjunctivitis. I think it is better to get his eyes examined in detail by an ophthalmologist ( eye MD ) . The child would need to be evaluated for the possibility of dacryocystitis ( when the lacrimal sac are infected they may cause yellow discharge) . The child also needs to be evaluated for a remote liklehood of glaucoma.
A GP would not be able to identify either of these as they would need a detailed eye exam by a qualified ophthalmologist.
I was trying to see a specialist through my GP route but they are not very helpful. Where can I get an advice about my local specialists-contact telephone nr etc?
I guess in the UK you need to be referred to a specialist by a GP. I'll try to find specialists in your area if you can give your location.
Yes, that will be great, it will save me a lot of hassle. My postcode is SG18 9PD, Langford near Biggleswade, I am on the Herts/Beds border.
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Yes, I will
Could you explain how serious is dacryocistitis and if it can be fully treated? I am aware of glaucoma, it is a serious condition-do you think it is likely to be glaucoma considering the described symptoms?
No , I would say congenital dacryocystitis is more common of the two and is very much treatable. It probably explains his tearing and frequent yellow discharge ( which is not from conjunctivitis). There can be other less serious causes for his tearing in the right eye such as a scratched cornea( but eye will be red and there will be intense pain, child may cry more out of pain and resist touching of that eye).
It does not look that severe, although both eyes are often bright red
In that case chances of dacryocystitis is more likely. Any child with constant tearing, photophobia( intolerence to bright light) and a larger cornea would need to be evaluated for glaucoma ( more of a routine protocol).
Were you able to find me a contact number or a name of a local specialist?
Still the search is on.., nearing it
Would you say from your experience that an eye examination in the child that young will be conclusive?
Yes an exam will definitely help. Most ophthalmologists are trained to identify these conditions and can always guide further towards the treatment.
I'm afraid my search so far has been a very generalised one - http://www.privatehealth.co.uk/privatespecialists/find-a-doctor/ophthalmic-surgeons/ . This link gives a list of eye doctors but not in your locality.
I think it is a start and I can take it from here. Thank you for your advice.
I'm glad to have assisted you. I wish your son well. Take care.
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