Thursday, February 17, 2011


It's crazy how fast things can be put into perspective. Last Friday, when Ellie had her 18 month check up, I talked to the pediatrician about Ellie's left eye going in towards her nose sometimes. She noticed it and recommended we see a pediatric ophthalmologist. I wasn't too worried because I've been to the ophthalmologist pretty much most of my life ( I have really poor vision ) and Ellie's eye isn't that bad. Yesterday my mom and I took Ellie to the doctor and after some tests and looking around, she told us that Ellie has a form of strabismus, called accommodative esotropia It basically means that when she focuses her eyes turn inward and look crossed. By wearing glasses it should reduce the focusing effort. I was really upset because I didn't think I would hear that she would need glasses. I thought maybe a patch for a few hours a day for a little bit. I guess to me, glasses seem more permanent, but the more research I do the more I'm finding that there is a good chance as she grows and her eyes change, she might not need them.

I know I'm completely over reacting and making a bigger deal then it is. I felt even worse when we were back in the waiting room (Ellie had her eyes dialated and we needed to wait a half hour) and this little boy probably around 3 1/2 years old had a seeing stick and as he played with the puzzles and toys he held everything about a half an inch away from his face. And I'm freaking out about Ellie having glasses! Shame on me. seriously. After her appointment Nick and I took Ellie to a few places and picked out some cute frames. They are called Miraflex glasses and are specifically for young kinds because they are made out of a rubber and have a elastic band to keep them on. I'm also thinking about seeing another pediatric ophthalmologist to get a second opinion. We still ordered her glasses and I'm sure this other doctor will say the same thing (I hope), but I just need to make sure for myself.

1 comment:

  1. wow, good thing you were really observant and on it. i'm sorry that you had to go through the worry, hopefully it will correct itself with glasses, which p.s. are adorable on kids.