Monday, January 14, 2008

Dannielynn Having Some Eye Problems

Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dannielynn, who celebrated her first birthday in September, is battling an eye problem. "She has strabismus, which is a turning in of one of her eyes," her father, Larry Birkhead told Entertainment Tonight, "and it's something that we've been looking out for for a while." Larry, adding, "I've been taking her to the doctors," also explains that when she was living in the Bahamas, Anna Nicole, who died February 8, 2007, "had taken Dannielynn to the doctor to see about it when she was just a few months old."

"Strabismus, more commonly known as cross-eyed or wall-eyed," according to the Web site for the setback, "is a vision condition in which a person can not align both eyes simultaneously under normal conditions." In addition, the site says, "It is estimated that up to 5 percent of all children have some type or degree of strabismus."

Because Dannielynn is forced to wear an eye patch, "I got her a little pirate doll to show her that people wear patches, and it's okay," says Larry, "and daddy wears a patch if he has to to show her it's okay. I've been really aggressive with the patch as much as I can be. At first she was really open to it and it didn't really bother her. Now, she's gotten a little smart because she can pull it off, so it's a little bit harder for me to patch her."

Larry is looking at surgery as an option of last resort, given his apparent bias against hospitals. "I'm going to do everything to make sure that it's corrected," says Larry, "but having lost Anna and [her son] Daniel and my dad – my dad just came out of a simple surgery and he died – it's just tough for me to think about surgeries with [Dannielynn]."


I had this as a baby and my mom and dad did the eye patch. It helped very little. They finally did the surgery for both my eyes and now they are both great. Larry will probably end up going with the surgery. That seems to fixed it the best.

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