Friday, September 21, 2012

Wearing a patch, the next step in the childhood glaucoma journey

Some of you may have been along the journey with us from the time we found out Isabella had childhood (or congenital) glaucoma. If not, you can read about it here. It's been an educational and growing process. Isabella has seen the ophthalmologist more frequently than most grown ups see optometrists in years time. The visits were more often, especially closer to the surgery dates.

Thankfully, the pressures in both eyes have been within normal range. Can I get some loud cheers and a warm round of applause?! I am so thankful. That means, so far, we haven't had to introduce any pressure drops, to lower the pressure in the eyes.

However, at the end of August, the doctor decided to start patching one eye, every other day, for 30 minutes to 1 hour each time. The right eye has been coming along beautifully, in terms of responding to the glasses prescription correction. The left eye, not so much. Because the ophthalmologist wants the right eye to continue improving with corrective lenses, he wants to strike a fine balance between letting that eye continue to improve and forcing the left eye to work harder.

My five year old, oh excuse me, my eldest just had a birthday the day before yesterday, my six year year old is such a trooper. She has not complained, moaned, or groaned about having to wear a patch. You are so brave, and I am ever proud of you.


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