Saturday, January 17, 2009

Congenital Cataract

When my second child was 2 weeks old, I noticed that she has a white dot in her both eyes. I asked our pediatrician and we were referred to an ophthalmologist. We were told that it's congenital cataract we were advised to have our daughter undergone a CT scan just to make sure and also to check innermost part of the eyes. After undergoing a CT scan the ophthalmologist confirmed that it's congenital cataract. A congenital cataract is clouding of the lens of the eye that is present at birth (from

We were shocked, I really don't know how it happened. They said that one of the causes is when the mother had or was exposed to a person that has German Measles during pregnancy. We had a computer shop and I was the one who managed it. My husband worked in a software company that time. During pregnancy, I was in the shop the whole day so it's possible that one of the customers had German Measles since in a day we had more that 50 customers renting. We were located in Tondo, Manila. I remembered on the fourth month of my pregnancy I had a fever but I ignored it I didn’t take any medicine. I rested for a day then after that I was ok and came back to work.

My daughter undergone surgery immediately after the doctor confirmed that It’s congenital cataract she wore a +10 eyeglasses after. She had regular eye check up. But sad to say after 2 years her ophthalmologist migrated to United States and he never left the medical records same thing happened to his other patients. We went to different ophthalmologist and search online until we knew about Eye Republic Clinic. We went to Eye Republic Clinic and we met their Pediatric-Ophthalmologist, during examination of her eyes the doctor said that she no longer has the lens. It was removed during her cataract surgery again it’s sad to say that our previous ophthalmologist did not inform us about it. I knew I’m not familiar with the medical terms but doctor could have explained things in layman’s term. I remembered after the surgery the doctor said that in the right time my daughter will have lens implant but he never mentioned that lens has been removed.

Moving forward, the doctor from Eye Republic advised us to have our daughter an eye ultrasound so she would have a clear idea of what is inside the eyes. With the result of the ultrasound, the doctor said that my daughter can have a lens implant so she won’t be wearing a very thick and heavy eye glasses for life. Right now my daughter is wearing +18 eyeglasses and there was a big improvement in her vision. We were referred to an Aphakic specialist who will give us an assurance that we won’t be having any problem after lens implant. Aphakia is the absence of the lens of the eye, due to surgical removal, a perforating wound or ulcer, or congenital anomaly. (by Wikipedia)

To be continued..

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