Daughter's Eye Keeps Hurting

Updated on September 17, 2009
A.C. asks from Sterling Heights, MI
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For the past month my 3 yr. old will suddenly cry that her right eye hurts. It is always the right eye, it tears up, and the pain always seems to be sudden and intense. When I look in her eye, I see nothing in it and it isn't red. Since it only happens to one eye, I feel it must be something other than her just getting a little speck of something in it. Does anyone have any ideas? My one thought is that she is Asian (I am not) and so her eyelashes grow more towards her eye than mine do, so maybe that has something to do with it. Like maybe one of the eyelashes is poking her eye??? I don't see any doing that, though.

I feel silly going to the doctor about such a thing.

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N.W.

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Why do you feel silly? DONT. I would call the dr and take her in. It could be something behind her eye...

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M.P.

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Don't feel silly about taking her to the doctor.

Make an appointment today to go see an Optometrist.

It is just good to be safe.

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D.C.

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After raising 4 kids I would NOT mess with this one...take her to the dr. who can check things far better than you ever could or even refer to a specialist. I would much rather be dafe than sorry if something is or is going wrong INside the eye itself.

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C.G.

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Don't feel silly going to the doctors over this - I say you should go! There could be any number of reasons why she's getting pain in that eye - and many times, eye problems are correctable at a young age without long term effects like glasses. I would recommend observing and writing down findings until you get into the drs, though - such as - Does it only happen when she's tired,
What was she doing just before it started happening (watching TV, looking at books, coloring, napping, etc)
Does it happen more in the morning or evening?
Was she in bright light or dim light when it happened?

See if you can find a pattern to report to the doctor.
These seem like silly questions, but we found with my son that when he was sitting on the floor and looking UP at something (an adult standing, a bird flying above him, etc) that he would see double and that one eye would always "drift". By noticing a pattern, we were able to get it more quickly diagnosed.

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S.H.

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Look at the pictures you have of her and take note of her eyes. Do her retinas look white in the pictures - where you normally have "red eye"? If so, get her into an opthamologist immediately.!! If not - get her into an opthamologist soon. Pain in the eyes in nothing to mess around with. Your general practitioner does not have the training to properly assess an eye condition/problem. If she said she had a tummy ache or a sore throat you would take her in straight away..... her eyes are the only two she will ever have... and she needs them!! Don't mess around with this or dismiss it as nothing.

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K.T.

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Hi A.,
Thank you for being such a good 'Mommy'. My name is K. and I too am a Believer, and my eye sight is poor - along with many family members.
I would like to encourage you to at least call - if not take your daughter to an eye doctor who works well with children. Your little girl is old enough to know "when something hurts" - she and her body are telling you that something isn't right. It is amazing what a good eye doctor can see inside of our eyes....I'd trust them.
That being said, I do have a suggestion of a doctor located in Mt Clemens MI near the corner of Cass Ave & Gratiot. Both Dr Ann LaCrouix and Dr Mike G are excellent with children! I would at least consider giving them a call to get their input....their number is ###-###-####. My family has been working with them for the past two years and we were highly recommended to them by a lady friend who is a Christian optometrist.....seeing Dr Ann & Dr Mike was one of the best decisions we have made.
I'll be praying for you and your daughter as you get things checked out for her. If you ever need to talk or even vent - feel free to contact me at ###-###-#### or @ [email protected]____.com.
~K. T~

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R.L.

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I don't think you should feel silly about going to a doctor about this. It could be a number of things. She could have an eye that does not close all the way when she sleeps and gets so dry it hurts. She could have vision issues so her eye hurts after working so hard. It could be eyelashes and maybe there is something that helps with that. Even though she is young - does not mean something couldn't be wrong.
I certainly hope that is not the case, but I would suggest error on the side of caution. I have a daughter who has been in glasses since she was 10 months old.
Good luck - I hope this gets better.

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C.M.

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I would take her in. I had the same thing happen to me when I was a teenager, and it turned out that I had a speck of metal imbedded in my eye. (I had been watching the farrier shoe my horse. I never knew that anything had even gone in my eye.)

It could very well be migraines as was suggested, but when it comes to such an organ as the eye, you don't want to take any chances. Trust me, the doctor will not think it silly!

C., soon-to-be-mommy of 7

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D.H.

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A. ~
Try treating it like a migraine (it just might be!). Give her some motrin, a cool cloth for her eyes, and a darkened quiet room. My son started with similar symptoms but at a little older age.....he would complain that his left eye hurt. I would give him a cool cloth and he would be asleep within minutes of laying down. My niece has been migraines since she was about 2, but she would be running around playing, then stop, say her tummy hurt, throw up, rest then be just fine. The ped told her mom it was typical migraine symptoms for a small child. After my niece was diagnosed (right about the same time my son was having his symptoms), I tried giving him motrin and they went right away. hope she feels better!
D.

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K.C.

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NEVER feel silly about a concern you have for your child's well being. If the doctor makes you feel like you wasted his/her time then switch doctors (easier said than done sometimes I know). you are your child's voice and if this has been going on for a month you need to make sure there isn't somthing wrong. There could be somthing in the eye that you can't see with your naked eye, or even somthing we know nothing about as lay people. Good luck I hope it isn't anything serious.

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P.D.

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Eyes can be a predictor of many things. It could be an eyelash, yes, but I would feel safer having someone with the proper tools taking a look.

I recommend the Galper Eye Center. They are a family run practice that deal with a lot of children... even raised their daughters in the store. It's right in front of Twelve Oaks on Novi Road, in the Gorman Funiture building.

Galper Eye Center
27800 Novi Rd, Novi, MI‎ - ###-###-####

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D.S.

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A.; sometimes when kids flail about they can poke their eye with a toy or a finger, we even do it at times, i dont think her race or long beautiful eyelashes will cause the problem, i knew of a woman who had a son whose lashes were so long, when he was asleep his eyelashes would prevent his eyes from closing all the way, but he slept and never had eyelash problems, i would think she bumped it or hurt it in some way, and its ok to go to drs, and check it out too, especially if its constant, maybe watch her for a while and see how and when it happens and see if she is hitting it accidentaly and cant control it, well have a good day and hope things work for yah , D. s

A.W.

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If it continues I would take her to the doc. It could be something that got in below or above her eye and is stuck there poking her eye causing her off and on pain. Not normal for it to keep happening.

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B.J.

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If this has been happening for a month like you stated I would have her eye examined by a doctor. Best Wishes!

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C.B.

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What's so silly about taking her to the eye doctor? You need an answer, your daughter needs relief.

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D.J.

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don.t feel silly taking your doctor to an eye doctor i had a foster child who did the same thing it ended up his tear duck was cloged. your childs eyes are very important it is better to be safe instead of sorry

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G.B.

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I would definitely make an appointment with a pedicatric opthalmologist unless your pedicatrician has a good grasp on this. I wouldn't wait on this - just in case there's something more seriously wrong.

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