Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bright Light

I have some good news to share!!
Last week we took Olive back to the eye doctor. They did their normal array of tests and said that her "bad" eye has improved from 20/600 to 20/360 in about 3 weeks. Her "good" eye hasn't changed and is still 20/270.  The fact that her "bad" eye has improved so rapidly and to a level very similar to her "good" eye tells the doctors that there is a bit of hope that she may end up with "nearly normal" vision in her left eye (the "good" one). The vision she does have in her right eye is really only in the lower part of her peripheral vision. We believe that the location and size of the Coloboma is blocking most of her central vision in the right eye. We are hoping that with continuing to patch the left eye, her brain will start to "fill-in" the pieces that are missing. If the vision in her left eye does develop to nearly-normal, I think that will help her brain to fill-in those gaps as well.
We have new vision insurance at work (Olive's eye appointments are covered under medical, not vision) so I decided to go to the eye doctor as I have a heck of a time trying to read street signs. I got some new glasses (I can't wait until they are here, so cute!) and we decided that Natalee should have her eyes checked too, just to be sure that her eyes were formed properly. Her eyes look totally normal, but so does Olive's left eye. Anyway, they said she is a bit farsighted, but nothing to be concerned about yet. She was a total trooper having her eyes dilated and everything on the inside of her eyes looks perfect. What a relief!
Natalee saw a different doctor than I did, but same clinic. I told my doctor about Olive and she apparently told the other doctor about it. He kept walking over to see Olive and talk to her but she was wearing her sunglasses. Finally he said "So, I hear she has a Coloboma…" I said yes and let him squirm a while because I knew he wanted to see it. After a bit I said "Oh, did you want to look?" "Oh, I'd love to!" so I showed him and asked him if he sees very many of them… He said "Well, no… this is the first one I've actually got to see." So, I guess it is pretty rare. I asked about glasses for her, he said that some Colobomas respond well to glasses and some don't at all. We just won't know until we can get a better idea of what she actually sees and how it is affecting her. My friend Christin's little girl just got glasses and they are the CUTEST.THING.EVER. It makes me hope Olive gets to wear glasses just to be that adorable.


kimert said...

I'm happy to hear you guys are getting a better report. I hope it continues to improve!!
My baby sister was born severely cross eyed with terrible vision (I was young so don't know all the specifics other than she was premature with the cord around her neck multiple times) anyway.... she was in glasses at 9 months old with an eye patch. Her vision improved tons. She's in her 20s now and still has a bad crossed eye/lazy issue but I suppose it doesn't bother her. My daughter's eye doctor asked about family history with eyes and I was telling her about my sister, she swears they could fix her eyesight permanently even now.
All that to say, I HOPE this is something that Olive will outgrow or will just completely improve! I'm sure it is frustrating as a parent but exciting at the same time to know there's been even a small improvement. :)

Amie said...

I can't even start to tell you how much I love you making the doctor squirm before offering to parade your daughter in front of him. That's FANTASTIC.

And I'm SO thrilled that you've got some good news. And OF COURSE Olive will have adorable glasses. And even if she doesn't, she'll still be adorable because you'll still be able to see her face.

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Colleen said...

I'm so glad that they are finding ways to improve her vision!

Brandy@YDK said...

that is good news.