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Does she blink forcefully or excessively? How about eye rubbing? Is she sensitive to light?
No forceful or excessive blinking. A little bit of eye rubbing when tired. No sensitivity to light.
I've been reseaching nystagmus but that talks about rapid eye rolling and hers is not rapid - its a slow roll.
Does she do a lot of visual-related tasks such as reading, coloring, video games, tv?
YES. She is in preschool and loves reading. And she does a lot of apps on the Ipad. I do notice the eye rolling a lot more in the evening when she has completed her homework and reading and is playing on the Ipad.
I suspect that she has some dryness and/or irritation to the eyes. Many times children can have repeated abnormal eye movements and there isn't anything significantly wrong with the child. The most common reason for this type of behavior (some would call this a tic) is because of surface irritation to the eyes. Some would call this a dry eye, or just eye irritation. It can happen because of the front of the eye being dry or having inflammation, and can also be caused by or exacerbated by eye allergies (usually there is significant itching that accompanies eye allergies).
One of the easiest things to do is to start treating him as though his eyes were dry by either using cool compresses (wet/cold washcloth) over each eye for 5 minutes (done as many times/day as you would like). Another treatment, which is probably more successful at treating eye irritation is to use over-the-counter artificial tears in each eye 3-4x/day. This must be done regularly, every day, for a few weeks (2-3 at least) to see significant results.
However, if you've done either or both of these treatments and the child is still persisting with this behavior, then I would recommend a visit to see an ophthalmologist. This eye doctor can screen him to see if he has a need for glasses that is going unmet and also to make sure there isn't anything wrong with the eyes. Does this make sense?
Do you have any other concerns or questions about this topic?
Absolutely. I have an appointment with a specialist at Phx Children's Hospital but could not get in until April 30th and the internet research I was doing was making me frantic. I will try the eye drops and keep the appointment. Thank you so very, very much.
My pleasure. Good luck!
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