Monday, November 22, 2010

Continued Improvement - a Good appointment!

Last month, we received the good news that Belle's eyesight was improving and that she was indeed using her left (amblyopic) eye again.  This was the news we needed to hear after patching diligently 6-8 hours a day and FINALLY seeing steps in the right direction.  We (the Doctor and myself) agreed that since there had been improvement we would continue with patching at the same duration of 6-8 hours per day. Belle had been hoping for a reduction and at first saw it as a punishment for her good work - but after some explaining she understood that she just needed to keep doing what she was doing and her good work would hopefully pay off bigger in the future.  This is a lot for a 5 year old to handle. But handle it, she did.

Saturday we went back to the eye doctor for our 6 week recheck. As usual, I was nervous - yet Belle was excited to go. She loves the eye doctor we go to which makes trips there so much easier. That morning  she announced that her doll Elizabeth needed get her eyes checked too. So, in the morning the two girls got dressed and off they went.  Elizabeth and her pretty purple glasses were a huge hit with all the ladies who work in the office who took turns playing with Belle and the doll until it was our turn to see the doctor.

I knew right away when Belle was reading the eye chart that we'd seen improvement.  We did have the usual 'confusion' of Cs with Os and Ds - she always says "O" for these 3 interchangeably. But aside from that she was able to read more than 1 line before announcing that "everything is too tiny".  Even when she pulled the too tiny trick, when the doctor isolated each letter instead of her viewing it in the line she was able to get it.  We've noticed this before with her - she can't seem to read the letters when they are in a line but when they are singled out she can get them. Likewise, she will often read the last letter, then the first letter and then the ones in between.  I'm not quite sure what is going on here but I'm pretty sure it has to do with "crossing the midline" issues that we are dealing with..

Still, she is using her eye and scored slightly better than at the last visit.   With that - the doctor decided that we'd take things slowly and try a small reduction in patch time.  4-5 hours instead of 6-8 hrs.  He said to really try to shoot for the 5 and we will.  So, its only a little bit less than before but to Belle this is huge.  She went home with all smiles and didn't complain about putting her patch back on before we left the office. 

We go back again in 8 weeks and pray for more good news.  She still has a long way to go, but she has come so far, already.


  1. Outstanding! Keep it up. My daughter is on the 4 to 6 hour regiment. She is 5 and in kindergarten and since she has been such a trouper with patching I have done my best to keep patching hours out of her school day. She thankfully had a good last eye doctor visit also. Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. Great job Belle, you are doing so well! Glad that Elizabeth could come along too~

  3. I think that is all every parents wish to their kids with eye problem... to improve and eventually be cured. My daughter got to wear eye glasses at the age of five and it is such a pain to see her that way. Anyway, I am glad that there is also an improvement on her condition and I am very positive that soon enough he will get rid of those disturbing eye glasses.