While we have been going through the Children's Mercy Hospital Ophthalmology clinic to handle her eye troubles, we get our glasses locally. Our optometrist is great and after seeing all the trouble we were having keeping her glasses in one piece he found and ordered us some plastic frames. These frames are absolutely amazing! They are totally indestructable. You can bend, twist, do anything you want to them, they will NOT break! They are held on with a strap around the back of the head that she hides under her hair. For some reason this made them fit better and she very rarely takes them off and loses them. My regular readers have probably noticed them already but here is a current picture of them. They come in pink, blue and white.
Well the glasses have been working great but last year we noticed that Gesserine was crossing her eye, well actually both of them. She has Strabismus. Here is the definition according to Children's Mercy Hospital.
Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)
Strabismus means eyes that are not straight or do not line up with each other. If the problem is not treated, it can cause amblyopia.
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Lazy eye, or amblyopia, is reduced vision in one eye. This happens when the eye and the brain do not work together properly. The eye looks normal, but the brain favors the other eye.
We had to have her patch her eye for almost six months to strengthen them and get them back working how they were supposed to. While her eyes got stronger, one still tends to cross. We have decided to do the corrective surgery which will hopefully give her an opportunity to use both eyes as she is supposed to. For now she tends to use them one at a time. The doctor said it would be like tightening a spring in her eye and will pull the pupils to the center. However, if the eye is still so weak that she is not using it much, then the eye will begin crossing again after surgery. That is why it is important to get the strength up before hand. Well, now that the time for surgery is here, one eye has began to weaken again so we are back to patching for another month and see the surgeon on August 10th. The first time we had to patch she would simply NOT keep the patch on the eye, so we had to give her drops that actually blurred the good eye. This time, since we only have to do it for two hours a day and since she is a bit older, she is doing a great job. She loves being a "pirate" for a couple of hours each day.
I only hope it gets strong enough in time and that the surgery will help her utilize her eyes as they were meant to be! I will keep you posted as to how the surgery goes.