Over the past few months we have noticed that Stella’s eyes have become increasingly crossed. Her right eye would drift towards her nose while her left eye would stay centered.
Last week we took her to the Pediatric Ophthalmology Specialists at Vanderbilt. She had her eyes dilated for the first time and had a series of vision screenings and light refraction tests. We learned that Stella is like most toddlers in that she is farsighted….but she is very very very farsighted. +6.00 and +5.75 correction to be exact.
The doctor put lenses over both Randy and I’s eyes to show us how she sees. We were quite surprised to learn that she can’t really see much of anything beyond her fingertips. At the doctors recommendation, we ordered her glasses. Cute little pink all plastic glasses.
Stella’s glasses finally arrived yesterday. She got to wear them for the first time last night. Her response was both priceless and emotional. To see her actually see for the first time was amazing. She turned her head every which way as soon as those glasses were on and soaked it all in.
The rest of the evening was of course an uphill battle in which she would take them off and we would put them back on and her sister would take them off and we would put them back on. I think we have our work cut out for us in this house.
The next few weeks will be telling. We will follow-up with her doctor to see how she is progressing. If things don’t progress then Stella will wear a patch over her good eye to help strengthen her weak eye. The end of the line is surgery to bring the eye back to the center. We of course are hoping and praying that the glasses will be the solution! We have found a great network of parents through a forum called “Little Four Eyes.” It’s a great resource for any parent going through the same thing.
More to come in the coming weeks, but here is our little glasses wearing baby genius (because let’s face it….glasses make you look smart: )