However, as his condition worsened, the boy was brought to a city eye hospital, where he was diagnosed with congenital ptosis - a disorder of the eyes with congenital eye muscle problem.
“His right eyelid would not even open. When we asked him to identify pictures of birds and animals, he was not able to see with his right eye,” said S Meenakshi, his mother.
“As the treatment in a small hospital yielded no results, we took him to Agarwal Hospital in Krishnagiri and were referred to the Chennai branch,” she added. After the operation, he can see with both eyes and has been advised to continue the eye therapy.
“On thorough evaluation, we found that the child had severe vision impairment in the right eye due to congenital ptosis with double elevator palsy condition,” said Dr Manjula Jayakumar, Paediatric Ophthalmologist at the hospital.
During the usual surgical practice, the inferior muscle weakening is done during the first sitting followed by a Knapp’s surgery four months later, the doctor said and added, “We decided to do it all in one procedure instead of two sittings.
The advantage is that the child has a quick remedial action as a one surgical procedure for the squint thereby the ptosis (drooping eyelid) can be there after corrected in three weeks, resulting in quicker visual rehabilitation of the patient. Our patient not only had desirable cosmesis but had also improved in vision,” she added.