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Child 6 yr suddenly says she can see only "black and white or gray." Has troubl

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Child 6 yr suddenly says she can see only "black and white or gray." Has trouble reading small print-says its blurry. Doctor says everything normal but she is not changing her story, I believe her. Could a fall hitting her head on tile at Christmas cause this?

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Is she otherwise normal in all respects? Was she knocked out when she fell?

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I am not sure about the fall as I was not there--they said she was okay!
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
She is very healthy
Ok. Thanks for that extra information.

I do not think that the fall has anything to do with her complaints.

Also, there is nothing that I know of that would all of a sudden rob an otherwise healthy little girl of her ability to see in color while leaving all of her other visual functions, with the exception of slight blurriness when looking at small print, intact. In addition, since she had a completely normal eye exam by an pediatric ophthalmologist and has no other physical signs or symptoms I would tend to agree with the other doctors that there is nothing wrong and it is just a childhood thing.

I can, however, understand how you might doubt this diagnosis. In this case I think the next step would be for you to take her to a large University Teaching Hospital where she can be put through a huge battery of tests and multiple examinations by various experts and super-subspecialists.

What do I suggest? Well, if she was my daughter I would just watch her for now instead of putting her the the billion dollar workup, with all the stresses such a workup might cause a young child.

Does this make sense to you?


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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Is there a chance of cerebral achromtopsia?

Have you been reading things on the internet? ;)

From what you have said, she did not hit her head that hard. And, even if she did, the chances of her damaging both side of her brain that run color vision -- without damaging anything else at all so as not to cause any other physical findings, would be impossibly rare.

There is a old saying: "When you hear hoofbeats in Wyoming think Horses not Zebra's"

In other words, common things are common and rare things are rare....

If she does have cerebral achromtopsia the billion dollar workup will find it. I don't don't think that is her problems though....
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