Friday, April 29, 2011
My Baby Can See!!!!
She's worn glasses ever since. About 8 years ago, our current eye doctor was helping me better understand how Bethany views the world and he put me in the chair and dialed up how she "sees". I cried. That's how my baby girl sees the world?? It was fuzzy and dull... nothing like the way I see things. Then he dialed in her prescription lenses, so I could see how she sees "fixed". I cried some more. It still wasn't "right". It hurts to know that my daughter doesn't see things in vibrant focus.
Years pass, and while she has the glasses, in the last couple years she's moved to contacts, and her vision has remained about the same. A month ago she came to me complaining that her left eye (the one that has the worst vision) was becoming blurry. Then the eye began to wander out again. Today was our appointment with the doctor. Her prescription has changed, her eye has worsened. We talked about her condition, and the ramifications that she'll deal with throughout life. Then the doctor got this funny "thinking" look. He started asking her how she was doing with the contacts, is she comfortable, and so on. He then suggested something new. A different type of lens for the left eye. The right eye is the same as it has been, so nothing new there, but he brought out a new lens that is specifically for her type of astigmatism. He explained the several drawbacks, that the lens is odd shaped, thicker, heavier, but she agreed to give it a try.
She popped it in, and he dimmed the lights and pulled up the vision test again. She covered her right eye, and began to read the bottom line. All the way across. Correctly. In all her years, she has never been able to read the second to last, or last line of that screen. Ever. She read the whole thing. It was crystal clear. My baby could see.
While the doctor wasn't fighting back the tears that I was, he was pretty darn pleased. We go back in a week for a follow up, then order the new lenses. Her glasses remain the same, there's nothing more they can do with those, but this new contact is like a miracle. We walked around stores for a while and Bethany kept commenting on how different everything looks. I kept fighting those tears.
I'm so grateful. My baby can see.
Posted by Chelle Stafford at 7:21 PM