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Not sure what to do

My daughter is 3 months old. I am sighted and her father is blind as a result of retinal detachment. I have talked to her pediatrician who checks her eyes routinely during her well baby checks, but I'm not sure if this is enough. She seems to be tracking to me like the doctor asks me all the time when we goto appointments, but the lady at the daycare said she will do it and stop. She does follow me around the house at times and will bat at her toys. My question is how soon should i force the issue of her seeing a pediatric eye doctor or should I even force it?

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Re:Not sure what to do



It is really tough when your child is that young, but you can follow your instincts and speak with the doctor. You can also consult with an early intervention specialist, just to get some functional exercises and activities that you can do with your child.

At 3 months, it may be difficult to get a very accurate examination, but it is possible. It sounds like you are on top of the issue, and assessing tracking and other issues.

A specialist should be able to give you other activities and demonstrate in person. We could offer activities, but you need a professional assessment. Again, 3 months is pretty young -- just stay aware, consult the doctor and professionals.

Have you checked out FamilyConnect at www.familyconnect.org which is a joint effort of AFB & NAPVI. NAPVI, National Association of Parents with Children with Visual Impairments, a great resource for families and parents -- there are also a number of message boards specific to parents and issues. Check it out!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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