The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! It has been an interesting past few hours. I never in my life thought I would ever create my own blog but here I am. Just a few hours ago I took my 3 year old son to his first eye Dr.’s appointment. We were running late, as I usually am with a 3 year old and 4 month old! 😉 We arrived and scurried into the office. After waiting in line and filling out all the paperwork we were ready to see the Dr. The nurse took us back into the room and began her exam. She had my son sit in the chair and told him she was going to put a cool eye patch on his eyes and have him read his letters. The first eye he did great calling off the letters. He got most of the right only confusing the “v” for a “y” and the “c” for an “o”. I would say for a 3 year old that is pretty darn good. The nurse seemed happy and changed the patch to the other eye. This is where things got interesting. She put the same letters up and my son said “I can’t see anything”. She changed the size and would ask if he could see. His answer was always no. Finally we got to the huge letters and he was able to say what they were. As a mom this broke my heart. You could hear in his voice he was distraught he could not see anything. The nurse took the patch off and told my husband and I not to worry that the Dr. would also complete another exam. With that we were whisked into the next room. I was impressed with the collection of dinosaur toys the Dr. gad to entertain the kids. My son played happily until the Dr. Walked in. He sat in the seat and the Dr. Performed almost the same identical test as the nurse did. Only this time he patched the “good” eye first. My son again said “I can’t see anything.” After a few tries the Dr. moved the patch to his other eye. He managed to say what all the letters were. Suddenly the Dr. says “well your sons vision in his left eye is poor. He has Amblyopia and we will need to dilate his eyes to figure out the cause. Here’s a pamphlet. It’s a good thing he’s here because if not corrected he will never have vision in his left eye. The nurse will dilate his eyes and I’ll see you in a half hour.” I was speachless. My son who is and always will be perfect in my eyes has a vision disease and will never see very well out of his left eye?! He had never shown any signs of vision problems and can run/jump/ and play just as well as any other 3 year old. We waited for his eyes to dilate and my husband and I talked in the waiting room. “What are we going to do?! How can we help him?!” Finally we went back in with the Dr. I had a chance to speak with him and he explained that my son will need glasses for the rest of his life. He explained that the glasses would actually make the vision in his “good” eye blurry to help build the strength in his “bad” eye. He will need to been seen in 2 months where they will decide if he needs to wear an eye patch. After checking out we went to the in office glasses section. I felt so lost. When the worker named Sophie came to help she asked me what frames we wanted. I told her I didn’t even know what my insurance would cover. Sophie was great and helped my son pick out frames he liked. (Even though he cal hanged his mind every few minutes as 3 year olds often do) 😂. They did not carry them in his size and she ordered a few that were similar. We will go back in a week when they come in to see what ones he likes. I will continue to post as we get updates. It’s nice to have a space to speak openly about this. I hope our journey can help another family who is going through something similar. Until next time!

Amblyophia Mom 💜

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton