Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Seeing Through The Fog

At Sawyer's 1 year check-up the doctor mentioned that Sawyer might have estropia (lazy eye, cross eye), but he wanted to send us to the pediatric optometrist before making the diagnosis.

Until that day I had never noticed anything strange about Sawyer's eyes and no one had ever mentioned any concerns to me. You would think after all those pictures I take of him I would have noticed :) Over the next month I watched and there is a noticeable inward turn to his right eye when he is looking at something very close to his face or when he is tired.

And within 30 seconds of our visit with the pediatric optometrist he confirmed that Sawyer has estropia in his right eye, probably due to compensating for farsightedness. Luckily, there is an easy fix for this condition...glasses. Unfornately, he has to wear glasses :)

Once the eye problem is resolved he will not have to wear the glasses. However, this could take 6 months or 5 years. And given his parents history of near blindness beginning in grade school I think Sawyer will be wearing glasses for many years to come.

This is the "best" picture I could find that demonstrated the inward turn of his right eye. This was taken during a football game this past fall.

In a few days we go back to the doctor to find out the prescription strength.

We are so blessed by our happy, healthy little boy. This will just be another interesting experience in our journey. One we are very unfamiliar with. So now I need your advice does anyone out there have experience with young children and glasses? Anything I need to know before purchasing the glasses? Anything I need to make sure the glasses have to ensure durability and stay-on-ability? Any tricks for keeping the glasses on the child?

1 comment:

  1. I don't know if Shannon reads your blog but they got Asher some really cute glasses. They are indestructible not to mention they are really really cute on him. I enjoy following you and your family!!