Little J was diagnosed with Amblyopia when he was two. It was a fluke that we discovered it so early. I had cut his hair short for the summer and started to notice a very slight eye turn.
It wasn't all the time but he also seemed a little unsteady on his feet. One day I caught it on camera and we realized it really wasn't our imagination. We decided to take him to see our local ophthalmologist who is awesome. We were shocked with what he found. My baby had VERY bad vision and even worse in his right eye. This was the problem, because his vision in that eye was so bad his eye basically had decided to stop working.
First step - glasses
Since then we have been working with a 'at-home' eye therapy program AmbP inet, patching 2 hours a day, and working really hard (ask Little J) and it has started to pay off. We went back to the ophthalmologist last Wednesday for our regular check up and at first she seemed a bit concerned as his numbers hadn't seemed to have improved. Then something made her check it in a different way and guess what - The reason he wasn't reading the chart better is because his eyesight had improved. YEP you read that correct we are currently excitedly, crazily,
So we are continuing to work hard but the goal of 20/40 doesn't seem as far away. Now the ophthalmologist did say it can be like weight loss a lot comes of and then we even out for a while. So I will try not to be too disappointed at our next visit if there is not as much improvement. However - I am going to enjoy this with him for the time being.
Our ophthalmologist thinks our success is linked to...
1. I am really strict with the eye therapy program - we do it religiously 4-5 times a week.
2. We caught this EARLY in fact Little J is the youngest person to use the therapy program with this ophthalmologist.
Please, please take my advice if you think something is wrong with your child's eyes - even if it is just a nigglely feeling something is not right - get them checked out.
Little J is so intelligent, he loves to sit and read books - something I could not get him to do until he had his glasses - why? because he couldn't see the page. He went from a run around the house, cute crazy kid. To a run around the house, cute crazy kid, that knows his alphabet, counts to 20 (higher with a little help) reading simple words by sounding them out and SO much more. The ophthalmologist is convinced if we hadn't caught his eye problem (especially if we were in Public School) he would have been considered ADHD because who wants to sit still and concentrate when you can see anything?
We didn't thing anything was wrong with his eyesight because he can see things far away - the fact he couldn't see the page I was holding didn't enter my mind.
Little J working hard
The program we are currently using
When it gets to much
We just remember every day - It will be worth it.
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