February 26, 2003 at 7:17 PM CST - Updated June 21 at 7:25 AM
Can a child now six years old born with birth defect and with nystagmus be helped any with surgery? She had occipital encepholocele at birth removed and left with this also.
Congenital nystagmus, that is nystagmus present from birth, cannot be corrected with surgery. If the nystagmus is associated with a head-turn, sometimes a surgery can be performed on the eyes to decrease the head-turn. The surgery, however, will not eliminate the nystagmus. With the complexity of this patient's eye problems, I would recommend that she be seen by a pediatric ophthalmologist. There are two pediatric ophthalmologists in Baton Rouge, Dr. Bradley Black and Dr. Stephen Sessums.
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