2 weeks ago today, dd came home from school complaining of headache and double vision with in reading distance. Pain killers did not touch headache. So far we have been to doctors, a&e and the opticians. So far we know nothing. Bloods/urine fine, optician said all fine, hospital said could be virus. Went back to the doctor and we have a CT scan tomorrow, also took her to another optician for 2nd opinion who said there is a possible convergence issue and they would need to put drops in her eyes to fully investigate, but to have CT first to rule out anything sinister.
Has anyone else had this before? I am beside myself with worry and really just wanted to see if anyone else had any experience of this. I just dont understand how she can go to bed one day with perfect sight and then wake up with double vision! Thanks.
Thanks for your replies. Had CT scan this morning and get the results later this afternoon. We are actually in Australia now but will ask for to be referred to a specialist. The headaches and double vision are constant. As soon as she wakes in the morning they are there. One of my friends said maybe hormones, but the doctors have not mentioned that at any stage.
Yes thanks crash, CT scan all clear. Had optomotrist appointment today who has got us in to see a specialist optomologist at the hospital on friday. She can see convergence issues in dd close up vision that was not there when she last tested her 2 years ago. And at 10 this problem shouldnt just happen without a reason.
She did say that it could be viral and that next week she could just wake up and be fine..... she also suggested getting dd checked for diabetes. We went back to the doctors to get that test ordered and we arehaving that on Saturday.
I dont think she is diabetic as she has no other symptoms.
So glad the CT scan was clear but am still so worried. Not sure what else I can do. I have told her that we will just have to manage the headaches with nurofen/paracetomol until we know whats going on and she will just have to put up with it and do as much as she can at school.
It's actually a very common age for convergence issues to raise their head.
It's also surprisingly responsive to treatment if prescribed correctly. She will need to be shown exercises to increase her muscle tone in the convergence muscles. We call these pen push-ups. There are little props we can give too, like specially printed cards she has to fuse the images on.
You really need to see an Orthoptist, not an Optometrist to get the right treatment. Your GP will be able to refer you for this.
Hi barley, thanks for the info. Since my last post Dd has had a lumbar puncture and MRI. They were all clear. neurologist seems to think possible migraine but I would be grateful if you could give me some more details of eye muscle strengthening exercises.
We are due to see neurologist and ophthalmologist next Wednesday at the hospital.
You need to be referred to hospital ophthalmology dept. my son has just recovered from double vision (convergence insufficiency). Opticians didn't spot it. His teacher noticed something odd about how he was tracking words (reading). GPS referred us to Moorfields. They diagnosed really bad convergence. 3 months of exercises sorted it. Opticians had not picked up on it.
My dd (6) has exactly the same. Permanent headache and complaining of double vision within 1m, come on over night. I took her to the oticians last week and they said she has a very clear convergence issue but because its so big and happened very suddenly she needs to be seen urgently at orthoptics. We have received an appointment for 2 weeks time. I actually know that she's probably got nothing too sinister going on, she only had a brain MRI scan about 6 weeks ago for what we're currently assuming is an unrelated condition and it was clear. So i'm assuming its just a simple case of convergence insufficiency. Its the speed its come on though that worries me as you say sparrow. Hopefully Wednesday will shed some more light for you.