Eye Doctor to MRI!?

Updated on September 24, 2014
E.M. asks from Louisville, KY
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I took my daughter to the eye doctor today Bc she had said she was having a hard time seeing the board. Not a big deal, we did the normal stuff but she couldn't see the tiny letters. I thought ok glasses. Then the doctor examined her and said he would be able to tell by looking in her eyes if she needed glasses but she didn't. Then he said I want her to go have an MRI of her brain. I was in such shock I didn't even think to ask what they are looking for I just said ok get her in ASAP. Has anyone else ever had this happen? I plan on calling the dr tomorrow to ask this question but I just want to know if anyone has been in my shoes. Thanks

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Thank you all. I should have said the MRI was already set for oct 9 which seems like forever to me. She did have a full exam with dilation

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answers from Oklahoma City on

I wouldn't be bothering with calling the doc. I'd be calling and setting up that MRI. This way all the questions will be answered.

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answers from Miami on

TF is right. Eye doctors can even tell if you have high cholesterol. There's a lot they can see in your eyes.

Go get the MRI.

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answers from Wausau on

Eye doctors don't routinely order MRIs, so he must have a serious concern.

Did you know MRIs don't just show brains, but also the eyeballs? They can uncover tumors, infections in the tissues, and other conditions.

I hope whatever the diagnosis, it is going to be easy for you and your child to deal with and she has a full recovery.

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answers from St. Louis on

Please just wait until tomorrow and talk to your doctor. There are a lot of bad things that can cause this but also a lot of innocent things as well.

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answers from Dallas on

Most of the time, an MRI is ordered to cover all bases. A tiny percentage of MRIs reveal anything wrong at all, but it's commonplace for a doctor to order one just in case (CYA medicine, "Cover Your Arse"). Regardless, I would definitely go get one for her.

To ease your nerves, call the doctor back and ask what they are looking for and what he suspects may be wrong (leave a message in necessary).

One other thing: you said the doctor said he would be able to tell by looking in her eyes if she needed glasses but she didn't,". He gave her an actual eye exam, right? With the wall chart and everything?

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answers from Dallas on

Be calm, I know it's hard to do. I'd be scared as well, BUT eye Dr's have a window that can perceive an issue before it occurs.

Haven't you heard about people they refer to a neurologist because they can see if something has potential of being an issue. Example... Stroke . Which clearly is not what's going on here.

Your Dr is probably going to err on the side of caution. Please communicate with your Dr to understand why the MRI might be needed. Eye Dr's have a special view into the brain area with special tests.

Best wishes and try not to worry.

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answers from Washington DC on


Did you go to an optometrist or ophthalmologist?

I've personally never had either doctor recommend an MRI. I would ask questions. Did he dilate her eyes? If he did - he probably found something that concerned him.

I would ask what he saw to make him want to investigate further.
What does he THINK is wrong?
What is his plan of attack IF there is something wrong?

Follow through. Eyes aren't things to mess around with.

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answers from Chicago on

Is the eye doctor an Optometrist or an Ophthalmologist?
We see the latter. My DD had the same problem, including a crossing eye.
Through testing, the Ophthalmologist was able to determine that her eye is not communicating with the brain. When forced to use only her "bad" eye, she literally cannot tell you what everyday objects are that she has seen a million times. Very strange to witness, but we are working on it.

Bottom line, it's likely to rule out any other potential concerns (yes, tumors, too), if they don't see a vision correction needed. Don't panic. Totally normal. I personally can't see the tiny letters, either, and I have 20/20 vision, which formally does not require glasses. So just because she doesn't need a prescription, doesn't mean that she can see every single thing perfectly. Make sense?

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