Thursday, December 20, 2007

Childrens Headaches

Most of the time, headaches are usually associated with eye problems. And when kids complain of headaches, most of the time their parents bring them to the eye clinic. This is an example of a case where bringing children to an optometrist can help stop the headaches and improves children’s eyesight altogether if only the doctors advices were followed:

Complaining of almost daily headaches, a nine-year-old boy was bought by his mother to an eye clinic. While the optometrist found him to be moderately high farsighted, she was concerned about the unexplained source of headache so the doctor ordered further test to determine the cause of the problem. Clinical test showed that farsightedness was causing his son’s headaches, but his physical appearance showed there were more to it than a simple eye problem.

It is revealed that he had partially paralyzed lateral rectus, an eye muscle that is used for looking to the side. It could only mean that the pressure inside the skull was high and tumor could be one of the most likely causes especially because the child had no fever. The optometrist referred the boy to a neurologist and instructed his mom to bring him immediately to the emergency room. Unfortunately, the boy’s mom did not take the doctors advice and decided instead to bring the child’s home. Week’s later the boy slipped into a coma and eventually died. Belatedly, doctors found a large tumor in the boy’s brain.



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