Monday, July 30, 2012

Amblyopia: afraid of the dark?


This is nothing new. 

For as long as I can remember my daughter has been deathly afraid of the dark - since infancy even.  This is a child who would rather sleep with the lights on then be in a dark room.  We have tried every night light under the sun, literally. 

Our latest ditch effort - the Pillow Pets Dream Lites toy.  She got the unicorn one and it changes colors and projects stars and a unicorn on the walls and ceiling. The timer -on mode means it stays on for 20 minutes before auto shut off.  Normally that 20 minutes isn't long enough for her and she presses it a second time before falling asleep.  The novelty is still there so she is enjoying it  (in addition to her 2 other nightlites and the hall light still on) but its proven to be more fun during the daytime than as a nightlight. She made a tent in the living room and went in and ended up falling asleep in the tent - but can't do that at night?

Plain and Simple - Belle is afraid of the dark.

I don't think I have very good night vision and don't care for driving at night for that reason.  My daughter tells me all the time that "She Cannot See" in the dark and it makes her afraid.  Her fears escalate and turn into a big deal.   Most nights I just end up letting her go to bed with every light on and then turn them off after she is already asleep.

She just plain hates darkness.

Thoughts?


How is your Amblyopia Kid in the dark?




Related Links:
Signs of Vision Issues - "I should have known"
No Night Vision - "But I cannot see in the dark
Afraid of the Dark



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