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My 8 yr old grandson has a complete peripheral vision loss

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My 8 yr old grandson has a complete peripheral vision loss in his left eye and the eyelid gets droopy. He has had an MRI but thye Doctors have no answers. Unfortunately, his insurance is through "Health families/Medi-cal" and it took 3 months just to get authorized for the MRI. My son took him for an eye exam and that is when they discovered the vision loss. What do you suggest, we are very frustrated and it is affecting his reading/learning.

Hello and thank you for your question.

It sounds as though you've been frustrated in your attempts to get your grandson's eye condition diagnosed and treated. The lack of a lesion on MRI is a good thing, but only rules out one cause of his vision loss. There can be other problems such as in-born optic nerve problems or an optic nerve dystrophy that can be causing his vision loss.

Given the fact that he's been to other eye doctors that have not been able to diagnose his condition, I would recommend that you make an appointment for him to see a sub-specialist. A pediatric ophthalmologist would be my first choice, followed by a neuro-ophthalmologist.

The best place to find both of these sub-specialists would be an academic medical center in a larger city.

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