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How do I approach my daughter's doctor to get an appointment to check out her eyes?

User in Madill, OK
June 20, 2015

Ok so I have a question. My daughters eyes seem to be getting "lazier" as she gets older. I'm not sure how to approach this? her doctor tends to write me off and it was a fight to even get her diagnosed. I mean she doesn't blink it's just when she focuses on something close up her left eyelid droops where her right eyelids doesn't.

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June 22, 2015

Thats odd as my son his eyes go cross eyed sometimes and they arent fooling around with him they r sending us to Dartmouth Hitchcock medical center to see if he needs eye muscle correction surgery. Id find an eye doctor and see what they say. We r going for testing at Dartmouth on july 7th to see if he really does need the surgery.

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User in Niobrara, NE
June 22, 2015

Typically your child's PCP will refer you to a vision doctor, unless your doctor's office does see vision issues as well. I think you can just check your insurance provider and then go see an Optometrist. Typically medical, vision and dental insurance are separate, so if you want to make her an appointment most Eye Doctors offices have both optometrists and opthamologists. You're doing the right thing if you really want to advocate for your child by just having an eye doctor take a look at her. It sounds like you may also want to find a doctor that is more flexible too. It's incredibly frustrating. 

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User in Irving, IL
July 21, 2015

If your insurance doesn't require a referral then you can certainly take her to an eye doctor without permission from her doctor.  Please keep in mind though that eyelid drooping could be a sign of problems unrelated to the eyes so if her doctor isn't taking you seriously it may be time to find a new PCP.

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