Eye Checkup

Last week Ben had his semi-annual opthomology exam at our favorite tertiary care center. Six months ago he was diagnosed with strabismus, but at the time he was using both eyes equally. Since then, Ben has started to grasp toys with his good (left) hand, and things have changed. We’ve noticed that he had a tendency to hold toys really close to his left eye to see them better.

It turns out that he has now developed a preference for using the left eye, and is starting to ignore his right. This could potentially cause long-term problems with the development of binocular vision, since eventually his brain may eventually learn to disregard images from his right eye altogether.

So our friendly opthomologist has advised us to patch his preferred left eye for an hour each day to force him to keep using the right eye.

Today was the first day we tried it. Ben didn’t like it at all. He cried for a good 10 minutes and scrubbed at the patch in a vain attempt to remove it. He wouldn’t open the right eye at all for a long time. Jonny was upset at us too for torturing Ben, and demanded we take off the patch. Finally, I set Ben in his Exersaucer with some of his favorite toys, and he settled down after a few minutes. He then played with his toys quietly for about 45 minutes.

I suppose he’ll eventually get used to having the eye patch, and I hope this works. If it doesn’t, we may need to consider surgery, but we’d like to avoid that if at all possible.


11 Responses to “Eye Checkup”

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  2. Dawn Says:

    Ooh poor Ben. And Poor Mom! Good luck!

  3. Leah Says:

    Ok, that is one very sad face for a sweet little boy! NO FAIR!!!

  4. Misty (mason's mom) Says:

    poor pumpkin!! hang in there little one!!

  5. ariel Says:

    oh, that sad face breaks my heart, but hang in there little angel, soon you get used with using your other eye!

    Karen i applaud you for noticing bens eye problem , gives time to correct the problem this early..

    Take care always and the two cute boys too jonny is a very caring brother to ben he feels sad seeing ben in suffering…

  6. Mom/Grandma Says:

    Poor Ben. He looks soooooooooo sad

  7. Sonia Says:

    Oh! Poor Ben!
    Natalia was diagnosed with strabismus too about a month ago, she was supposed to wear a patch as well but she just doesn’t tolerate it! I’ve tried everything but the patch just falls off from the many tears (about 30 minutes of them non stop!!) or Natalia tears it off. I called her optometrist and we have an appointment to see him to evaluate the posability of a “chemical patch”.
    THat last photo says everything… hang in there Ben!

  8. Michele B Says:

    OK I have to add to the list…
    That is the saddest, most pitiful, sweetest little “pirate” I have ever seen…though I know my little “Joy Boy” is in there somewhere. Only strong love can resist wanting to give in to what he wants and of course big brother just wants to see his little brother happy again. Here’s too hoping the patch does the trick. A few prayers won’t hurt either. Smile.

  9. lisa leonard Says:

    No fun! It’s probably even worse for mommy and daddy than for Ben! All for the greater good…

  10. Debbie Says:

    Just found you from Lisa’s site. Great blog! We’re patching Addison as well after 1 surgery for strabismus. Where’d you get the cool patch? She tolerates it, but tends to fall asleep which totally defeats the purpose! Her dad is so nice that he know has her answering when he calls her Patch Addison or just Patch. Lovely!

  11. Karen Says:

    Hi Debbie! Ben has tried the sleep-escape strategy with us too. Here’s the link to the patches we use: http://ortopadusa.com/

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