MasterB and His Vision – The patching begins :(
So it’s been about 5 weeks since MasterB got his glasses and he suddenly discovered what it’s like to see. The changes in him have been amazing, he’s discovered a love for books, happy land and he has started walking. I can’t believe just how much his development has come on since he started wearing his glasses.
Anyway, last Thursday we went for a consultant appointment at Sunderland Eye Infirmary to see how he is doing. They are impressed with how much he has improved whilst wearing glasses but his lazy left eye is still turning in a bit (though not as much) when wearing glasses. They have decided we need to start patching his strong eye for a couple of hours a day in order to force him to use his weak eye and strengthen the muscles. The earlier we do it, the better chance we have of correcting it.
So this morning was our first day of patching, I hated doing it to him, I know he finds it really hard using his left eye and it upsets him I know it’s only for a couple of hours a day and it is going to have hopefully huge benefits in the long run…but doing something which you know is upsetting your baby is still heartbreaking. He doesn’t understand
I’m sure MasterB will get used to it, I’ve no idea how long we will be patching for, weeks, months, years? I’m hoping not too long! We have a follow up appointment in August (and every 6 weeks after that) so we can monitor his (hopeful) improvement and check to see whether the vision is equalling in both eyes.
Another thing the consultant noticed is that the optic nerve in the left (his weaker) eye is a lot smaller than the one in his right. I don’t understand what this means exactly – will it change in size, does it mean his left eye is always going to have poorer vision than his right? I’m pretty sure they can’t do anything to fix optic nerves but as yet we don’t know how much impact it will have on his vision
It’s all so confusing, the numbers, the charts that they show me. I sort of understand the basics but trying to understand what the consultant is explaining to me when I have a wriggling MasterB on my knee is hard. I’ve always had good eyesight and so all these terms and numbers are just baffling. I’m sure as our journey progresses I will start to understand it more.