Sunday, April 11, 2010

Jake's Amblyopia Update

I can’t believe it’s been a year already since I first wrote about my son Jake. It’s been a year of ups and downs. The last time I wrote we were awaiting our appointment with the Specialist at the Children’s Hospital in our city for Jake’s eye turn. The appointment went really well and we were told that he will NOT need surgery! We were so relieved. Now that his brain was recognizing his poor eye it was no longer turning in. The specialist told us to just continue with the patching every day to keep strengthening his eye.

So we continued to see our Optometrist on a regular basis and kept patching daily. Over the year we had some regression and we were really discouraged by it and wondering if he’d ever gain full sight out of his eye. We kept plugging away though at the patching knowing that it was our only hope. Well I have wonderful news! At our last appointment Jake was seeing about 20/20 – 20/25 out of his poor eye! We had been down to about 1 -2 hours a day of patching by then. Our doctor is letting us take a break from patching right now. We’re hoping that his eye sight holds during that time. The good news is though that we were told that now that the brain has recognized 20/20 vision if his eye sight should decline during this no patching time that it will be easy to regain the sight again by patching.

I just want to encourage you to keep plugging away at the patching because it does work! All the appointments, lens changes, glasses adjustments and patching are so worth it when you get to tell your child that he can finally take a break and see the look of pure joy on his face.

To read more of Jake's Amblyopia Journey go here

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