Monday, July 02, 2012

Ophthalmologist and Low Vision Specialist

Avery recently had appointments with both her regular ophthalmologist and her low vision specialist. One week apart - not sure how I let that happen! We saw the low vision guy the first week of June, and they tested her vision with her glasses on. He said there was actually a big improvement since the first time we saw him in September! Her left eye has always been the weaker eye - the one with amblyopia - and when we first saw this doctor last year, her vision in that eye was about 20/125, with her glasses on and her right eye covered. This time, she was able to read some of the 20/70 letters with that eye, as long as there was only one letter on the screen at a time. So that's a pretty big improvement!

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The following week we saw our regular ophthalmologist. He's been seeing Avery since she was 6 months old, and we really like him. She was due for a full exam with dilation and everything, and she really hates those eye drops :( She screamed, but she didn't squirm. Too much. Her prescription has changed, but he said that the change was so minimal that there was no need to rush out and get new glasses. 

Almost a year ago, we switched from an eye patch to a Bangerter Occlusion foil. She had been wearing an eye patch on her right eye almost every day since she was a baby. The time prescribed varied – sometimes we were supposed to be patching for up to 6 hours a day, and other times we were supposed to be doing 2-4 hours a day, 3 or 4 days a week. Sometimes we were good at it, and other times we were not. So last summer the doctor gave us the option of a BG foil, to be put over the right lens of her glasses and worn all the time, instead of the eye patch. She doesn’t like it very much, but it’s certainly preferable to the eye patch. She does “cheat” on a pretty regular basis, by looking over the top of her glasses instead of through them… But there has still been improvement, so that is good!

I was really surprised when Dr Facciani came in that one of the first things he asked me was whether we had an ipad. He went on to suggest that maybe we should think about getting one for Avery, because it would expand her learning horizons if she were able to control the size of the fonts, etc, instead of having to bring books close to her face. This whole thing has sort of irked me since then, because I know that an ipad would be an unnecessary extravagance for Avery, BUT… because a Doctor told me to think about getting one for her, the thought keeps on creeping into my mind. Annoying! Avery’s vision really isn’t that bad. She does often bring books to within inches of her face when she’s reading, but she can read the font size in beginning chapter books just fine. While a larger font size might be more comfortable, it’s certainly not essential. He said that bringing books closer to her face isn’t really doing any damage, so it’s not a problem. Besides, if she had an ipad, she’d probably just want to play games on it anyway!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I, too, have amblyopia. It was diagnosed too late for treatments to do me much good. But I know I would have cheated as much as I could had anything been tried.
An ipad would be fun to have, and I would enjoy it. But I would play even more than I do now. Much more time would be wasted.

I think you are wise to resist that temptation at this time. Soon enough she will get one as she becomes more independent. Why push for it now?