When Eli was 4 months old the pediatrician noticed that one of his eyes was turning in. He recommended that we take him to a pediatric ophthalmologist to get him checked out. Like every specialist appointment, it took us 2 months to get in to see her. When we did, she agreed that he had some concerns and she prescribed glasses for him. When my sweet little boy was 6 months old he got his first pair of glasses. If I wasn’t already totally in love with him, my heart would have surely melted for him then. How adorable is a baby in glasses?!?!
As he continued to grow and mature his eyes continued to change. He got a new pair of glasses every 3 months because he was growing so fast. His prescription was changing. But, his eyes were now working together better. We didn’t notice his eye turning in as much.
Eventually we were able to reduce his visits to every 6 months. We went for almost 2 years without changing a prescription. It was an exciting time. He was leveling off and his eyes were looking great.
This past weekend I noticed a difference. I began to see his right eye turning in on Saturday. We had friends over for dinner and the longer he played the more I noticed it. When we put him in bed for the night his eye was all over the place.
We’ve been told in the past that if he is exceptionally tired or has clogged sinuses the turning may return but only mildly. And, it would go away as quickly as it appeared.
So, I watched him Sunday. It wasn’t any better. That right eye continued to turn in and he was complaining of it hurting. It wasn’t my imagination. It was time to get him checked.
I called the eye doctor this morning and scheduled him an appointment for later in the week. Of course, this appointment means he’ll miss his St. Patrick’s Day party at school and he’s upset. He got really mad when I told him his eyes would probably be dilated. And, of course, was fairly irate when I told him we may have to patch his good eye to get his other eye to react the right way.
We’re hoping that this is an easy fix. We’re hoping that his eyes are just under more strain now that he is reading and doing a lot of focus work by looking at the smartboard and then looking at work in front of him.
It’s going to make for a long couple days of anxiety over all the things I was stupid enough to tell him about why his eye might be turning in. I will take it in stride. I will sit next to him at the eye doctor and make him feel safe. I will not worry because I love my little boy with his glasses. He wouldn’t be him without them!