Juvenile Glaucoma, Panic Panic
December 26, 2013 8:23 PM Subscribe
My second grader might have juvenile glaucoma. Our insurance is changing at the beginning of the year. How fast do we need to proceed?
posted by Andrhia to Health & Fitness (10 answers total)
Our kid has been reporting vision problems for some months. We figured it was the family myopia coming on and put off dealing with it until her her seven-year check-up, since it wasn't causing her any noticeable difficulties. That check-up was about three weeks ago. They recorded her at 20/40 vision, but the testing process was really difficult for her, like she had a hard time understanding the instructions, and that's just not like her.
So today we took her to an optometrist for an extra check partly because I had a niggling feeling, but also because the kid really wanted glasses and we thought we'd humor her. The optometrist found problems with her peripheral vision and color vision (more pronounced in the right eye), a thickening of the optic nerve in both eyes, and while the kid can read the line at 20/40, sometimes a minute later she says she can't read the same line at the same correction. We have been referred to the pediatric ophthalmologist, with the understanding that this may be a congenital thing, or it may be juvenile glaucoma, or some other option I don't know. (I speculate this might be related to use of steroid cream for her eczema, neither here nor there.)
This strikes me as a KILL IT WITH FIRE YESTERDAY kind of event. But it's the holidays, and our insurance is changing. On Jan. 1, we get a new (and better) insurance plan. We've been strongly discouraged from doing anything medical the first two weeks of the year because of this. Meanwhile, our pediatric ophthalmologist is on vacation until Monday.
You may or may not be a doctor. You're definitely not my doctor. That said, is it reasonable or safe to wait what may wind up being some weeks to deal with this, or should we be kicking doors in to get this diagnosed and treated by the end of the year?