my 7 yr old was diagnosed with nurological atrophy in both eyes. Is there something medically that we should be doing? We've had Opthomology exam, MRI. Created a 504 plan that will cover her educational needs given her diability. Am working with NJ Division of the blind and visuallly impaired. Saw where work is being do in Stem cell, but that's futuristic. What can we do now?
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 7
MRI, Opthomoly visits. Created 504 plan for school. But nothing medically is outstanding other than a visit to NYC Medical in September.
Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.Sorry about any problems you may have had on the chat system. We have been infected with Gremlins and our engineers are in the process of hunting them down and killing 'em....Do you mean that your daughter has optic atrophy? Did her doctors say what may have caused it?What is her current visual function?
Yes optic Atrophy. Cause unknown, probably at birth. No indication of trauma . Current visual function has been defined as legally blind, however she does "see", and is able to move around like a normal child. She is color blind, and sunlight bothers her alot.
Thank you for that information. As a retina specialist I see a few patients with optic atrophy from various causes in my practice to help with any other posterior segment issues they may have.There has been, as you noted, some very exciting work recently using stem cells to treat not only disorders of the retina, optic nerve but of other nervous system cells as well.Unfortunately, at this point all of the work is at the very basic level and work on humans is many years away. Also, when these treatment do become available I would expect them to be most useful early on in the course of optic atrophy.The good news, if anything positive can be said, is that your daughters vision should remain stable at this point (depending on the exact cause of her optic atrophy) and she should keep the vision she has.Does this make sense to you? Please remember the top 3 ratings are positives [Excellent service is my goal] and this is how we are compensated. Rate my answer when you are satisfied. If you feel the need to rate low, please stop and reply to me via the REPLY TO EXPERT button with the issue you have. I will be happy to discuss your issue in more depth and do everything I can to provide you with the information you require.Otherwise, a high positive rating is very much appreciated, bonuses are great, and find me anytime for follow up.Let me know if you have further questions.I'm sorry about the problem with the chat system tonight. :(
There is really nothing specific that you need to do as far as her optic atrophy is concerned and you are already doing a great job as far as her future educational needs. I wish more parents would do what you are doing :)I would continue to follow up as directed with her ophthalmologists to make sure that nothing else goes on with her eyes and just keep doing what you are doing.It has been a pleasure to help you this evening. Let me know if I can be of any further service.