It has recently struck me that over the years, I have taken health for granted. Nothing more so than with eyesight.
At the end of last year, we discovered that one of our twins has eyesight problems. Not just any kind of eyesight problem, but a serious one. That day our world was turned upside down. There were tears and talks of second opinions; how could this be?
He only has 20% vision, an Astigmatism and Amblyopia
It came as a shock, not least because he had been expertly going about his life without us realising; running, playing, dancing…. He didn’t know any different and had manage to go about his daily business quite easily. He would often stumble and fall, but honestly we all thought he was just clumsy… like me. With hindsight, we noticed that sometimes he brought books very close to his face to read but we just thought he was competing with his twin brother for control of the book.
It all started when L got sand in D’s eye at kindergarten, by accident I hasten to add. We ended up with a trip to A&E to get the sand removed; it was not D’s happiest experience.
When there, the doctor suggested we get his eye tested.
We had his eyes tested six months prior, so we were not concerned. However, to be sure we went back a few weeks later and got him re-tested.
We were shocked, when we discovered that our precious little boy had serious eye sight problems. My prescription is -1 and -2. This requires me to wear glasses and have slightly blurred vision. He has +7.75 and +8 and I could not comprehend what the world has looked like for him. Until we found a website which showed us what he could see with that prescription:
It did beg the question whether these or the results six months ago were incorrect. So, we got him re-tested one last time. The results were conclusive: his eyesight is as bad as we feared. His Ophthelmologist is convinced that the first set of results were incorrect.
You see the vision problems is caused by the actual shape of his eye.
This is called Astigmatism.
Astigmatism is caused by an irregular curvature of the eye’s cornea or lens. If your cornea or lens isn’t smooth and evenly curved, light rays aren’t refracted properly. This is called a refractive error.
He also has Amblyopia, which is more commonly known as lazy eye. This is not necessarily a squint, it is where one or both eyes are not developing properly. Which can lead to a squint and is something we have to keep an eye on.
We are pleased that the glasses D now wears makes a difference. He says they help and he hates it when he is not wearing them.
He looks exactly Harry Potter, which he is thrilled about. We know what he will be dressing up as for World Book Day next year!
At our last appointment, the doctor advised us to put an eye patch on D’s better eye to treat his Amblyopia.
That should encourage his other eye to work better. We have read differing views on whether this works or not, but it is worth a try. Fortunately we have found this easy enough. He loves pirates so is happy to be wearing a pirates patch for a few hours a day. The first day he wore it to Kindergarten, he was a bit of a celebrity!
We are just starting out on this long journey with my brave and grown-up little guy. We don’t know where this will go. There could be an improvement. Or we could see his vision decline. Whatever happens we will be there to support and love him unconditionally. Daddy monkey has been through similar vision problems, and also wore a patch as a child, so he can relate to what D is going through.
I never thought I would be so pleased that my son got sand in my other son’s eye!
If you are going through a similar journey with your little ones, I would love to hear from you. It is always so reassuring to hear from someone who knows what this journey feels like. Just leave me a comment below or on Social Media.