Monday, February 22, 2010

Amblyopia Progress Report - 1 year mark

February 22, 2010:

Well, we went back to the eye doctor today. It is hard to believe that almost a year has gone by since my daughter was first diagnosed with Amblyopia. The doctor reported that my daughter's vision is continuing to improve. At this time we are going to take a break from patching and when we go back in June (in 4 months) - we will be seeing if there is any regression in her vision. Her eye has gotten a lot stronger and with her glasses on she is able to read most of the eye chart. This is better news than I could ever had imagined in just a years time.

With her glasses on my daughter's eyes are straight but when she takes her glasses off - her left eye is doing a little bit of 'traveling' mostly outward. This could end up being surgical, but I'll remain hopeful that it corrects with her glasses (and/or patching).

The hardest part of the visit was my daughter needed her eyes dilated this time. She was so well behaved and cooperative for the assistant to put the drops in and while waiting for the drops to take effect. All I know is that my kid has a great attitude because I absolutely despise when I need the drops and how I feel afterwards - miserable and frustrated. I felt badly because I hadn't expected her to get the dilation today so I didn't have her sunglasses with me for afterwards. So, we'd planned to go out to lunch after but first we had to make a pitstop home for her prescription sunglasses. After a quick bite to eat we just hung out at home and she chilled out with dim lighting and sunglasses - the bright snow outside is actually worse than sunny summer day in terms of light sensitivity. Ouch!

Dilation Photos:
She was goofing around and I forgot to turn the flash off - AAARGH!

So, my daughter goes back to the eye doctor in June. (4 months)

I'm so thankful for continued progress and improvements in her vision.


  1. Thank you for your inspiration and awareness to Amblyopia! Glad to hear Belle's vision is improving. After 2 years of Maggie being diagnosed with Amblyopia, I still feel guilty and wonder if it is something I did wrong. I don't know if that will ever go away, but I am grateful this is correctable.

  2. I don't know if that feeling will ever go away for us as mothers. I always question. What did I do to "win" this lotto - one child with autism and another kid who struggles to see.... But, then my kids do something so crazy and silly that I just have to smile, nod my head, and know that it was meant to be!!!

  3. So wonderful to hear she get to take a break from patching. We are just getting started patching and to hear she improved is inspiration that everything will get better with time.

  4. What great news! Belle looks so cute!
    We go to the doc on wednesday.

  5. A break from patching?! What fantastic news!

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