T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Monday, June 7, 2010

Follow Up...

Today T Rex had his comprehensive eye exam follow up with the pediatric ophthalmologist. Having a two and a half year old sit still, have dilating drops put in his eyes, and then being examined makes for a very long two hour appointment.

However, he was so good and T Rex Princess was a total angel. We were feeling very blessed albeit exhausted after we left the office.

When they performed the acuity portion of his exam it was evident that the one eye is just not being utilized. This means we need to start patching the dominant eye so the other eye gets accustomed to being used and the brain does not begin shutting down the non-dominant eye. Fortunately, because he is still so young and his brain is still very "plastic" as the doctor put it, he only needs to wear the patch 1-2 hours per day.

Next thing you're probably asking - does he keep it on? Well, see for yourself...



He wore this particular patch for 3 hours today. He is wearing the sticky bandage style here but I made a fleece patch to go over his glasses. I did not realize patches are so expensive. Even the reusable fleece ones are $10-$20. I made this one out of scraps - I sewed velcro strips into it to keep it over the lenses and also to wrap around the side to prevent even the slightest amount of peeking. Plus, it does not leave any red marks like the adhesive from the bandage style left.



We have another follow up in three months but it will not be a lengthy visit like this one. Here's hoping patching gets things on track so we can completely avoid surgery down the road.

I am so grateful T Rex Dad (my husband of nine years as of tomorrow) really advocated to our pediatrician that something was not normal with our son's eyes. The longer these kids wait to get the strabismus corrected, the less chance of restoring them to normal aligned vision. If you suspect something is off with your child's eyes, get it checked right away.

8 comments:

septembermom said...

I'm so glad that you caught this early too. Tell T-Rex, that Septembermom thinks he's AWESOME!!!!

Nina said...

That is amazing that he will wear them. I am not sure I would have that much luck. He is such a good little boy. It is amazing how a parent can pick up on things that seem off with our children.

Jenners said...

What a good good kid he is. I hope this does what it needs to do.

And Happy Anniversary!

septembermom said...

Came back to say "Happy Anniversary!"

Jason and Claire said...

Oh, man! I probably have 50 different cute patches I could give you from Caleb. I think he looks adorable with his patch on! What a brave little man going through all that.

shell said...

I don't think I was quite as good with my patch. I did go as a pirate for Halloween however. I also used to hide my (very expensive) allergy shot vials from my parents...so beware, if he has to do that at some point. TRex and I seem to have a bit in common :-)

Erin said...

You are so clever to make your own patch! He is so dang cute!

Glad you caught it early!

Happy Anniversary!!

Alyssa said...

You and your husband are so right! We really do know our kids and need to trust our instincts. I'm glad everything is going well, and I can't wait to hear "no surgery required"!