Monday, May 4, 2009

No Night Vision: "But I cannot see in the dark"

Today I am tired.

Belle is 4 years old and she is so terrified of the dark. Ok, some days I feel as if she is afraid of everything. But, especially - the dark. When she was diagnosed with amblyopia it was kind of like a lightbulb turned on for me - she's afraid of the dark because she most certainly has pretty lousy night vision. Only using one eye means poor depth perception - and in the dark? Forget it.

I gave her MY hello kitty alarm clock because it has a built in nightlight on top that is hello kitty. There's a sensor, so only when her room is dark - Hello Kitty lights up. It wasn't bright enough. So, then I got her the Mobi TykeLight Jr - in Pink!

Still, every night she loses it at bedtime. She doesn't want to be alone in the dark in her room. She says "Mama, I can't see in this dark room. Turn the light on!".

Last night, I put her in her room and let her cry it out. I told her that if she was quiet for 5 or 10 minutes with no crying that I'd come in and be with her. She finally quieted down and by the time that I went in to be with her she had passed out asleep. I never let my kids cry it out when they were babies. I can't believe I'm having to do this with my four year old! I feel bad she is so afraid of the dark but the nightlights do help! Hopefully she'll get over it soon - I'm exhausted.


  1. Maggie is terribly night blind, many early mornings I have heard her stumble around in her room because she had a bad dream and cannot find her way to the door. I have tried googling for "night vision and amblyopia", but there isn't much to be found. It would be interesting to know what the reality is for many other children with amblyopia and their night vision.

  2. When she was younger she used to get out of her bed and GO DOWN STAIRS to our room in the dark. Then that just stopped. She would cry in her room or STAND UP on her toddler bed - not getting out of it! I thought the toddler bed was too small, so I got her a twin bed with a bed rail and she is good about staying in it because she won't leave her bed or her room in the dark. She needs us to come to her. I know it has to be related, especially now that she is actually articulating to us that she has problems seeing in the dark, problems seeing without her glasses, etc.

    Has to be.

    So many similarities between our girls!!!!

  3. Before Jake was diagnosed he used to always want the light on but now he's doing so much better. We have just one night light and it's in the bathroom and he gets up in the middle of the night and goes to the bathroom or comes to our room in the early morning without any problems. I too wondered if it has to do with the Amblyopia because now that his eye is improving he doesn't seem to be scared anymore in the dark.

  4. Hm - now you have me wondering!

    My son has worn glasses since he was 3 (he is now 5). I had noticed that his one eye turned in when he was tired. He got a new eye doctor this year, and on Monday he has an appointment to see if he will need a patch or not. And yes, he is afraid of the dark - much more than his younger sister.

    One thing we did was we bought wind-up flashlights - the type that don't use batteries. The plug-in's weren't in the right spots for a regular night light - and I had tried a little battery spot-light, but was frustrated because it went through batteries so fast. So when we spotted the wind-up flashlights (and on sale too) we snapped them up. I love it because I wind them up before bed, and he is happy! If he wakes up, he can wind it up too. And I'm happy because I'm not paying for batteries.

  5. I have noticed also, my four year old with amblyopia's vision seems to get alot worse as the sun goes down outside playing with friends. Bless her heart she'll suddenly slow down and hold her hands out ahead of her. There must be alink.