Shawn’s FIRST eye appointment

April 17, 2012 at 1:04 PM 4 comments

Today Shawn had his very first eye appointment. He went to a eye specialist that Faith has been seeing since she came to live with us.

As many of you already know Faith has glasses and has an issue with strabismus (lazy eye), so what do you think was my biggest concern with Shawn? Glasses, of course! And maybe patching his eye, at least. Shawn can’t stand it when you touch his head let alone put something on it…like glasses!

After Shawn’s appointment De-Ann told me Shawn doesn’t need glasses (at least at this point) but unfortunately he has to be patched for the next month 4 times a week for 3 hours…yes, you read that correctly, 3 hours.

Patching: where you put a patch over the strong eye while you use the lazy eye. The idea is to make the lazy eye stronger, to turn it back into a normal gaze like the strong eye.

I can’t imagine how much he is going to like that. And I can’t imagine how easy it is going to be to have him keep the patching on his eye for that long. It was hard enough for Faith but Shawn I’m sure is going to be much harder. Let’s hope not.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sal  |  April 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    When you had to do patching with Faith, did you find it made a difference? How long until you saw results?

    • 2. Andrew DeGraaf  |  April 19, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Yes, it made a difference so much so that the Doctor was able to do the operation. What the patching did was force the weak eye to work harder and the strong eye got weaker. It worked too. When the Doctor did the operation, he did it on both eyes so they were exactly the same. Results were right after the operation. However her weak eye has gone back a bit so we are still working with the Doctor to find out what to do next. Possibly another surgery.

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