Moving Forward

Eli had another checkup with the neuro-optometrist today.

He said several times that Eli’s moving forward.

After full exam and completion of therapy we were informed that his tracking is good and now just needs to be more smooth.

His Convergence and Divergence abilities have GREATLY improved.

In ophthalmology, convergence is the simultaneous inward movement of both eyes toward each other, usually in an effort to maintain single binocular vision when viewing an object. [1] This action is mediated by the medial rectus muscle, which is innervated by Cranial nerve III. It is a type of vergence eye movement.

Near point of convergence (NPC) is measured by bringing an object to the nose and observing when the patient sees double, or one eye deviates out. Normal NPC values are up to 10 cm. Any NPC value greater than 10 cm is remote, and usually due to high exophoria at near.

In ophthalmology, divergence is the simultaneous outward movement of both eyes away from each other, usually in an effort to maintain single binocular vision when viewing an object. It is a type of vergence eye movement.

His divergence numbers were so close to normal.  His last checkup he was still miles away from normal.  Now we are within a centimeter.

His convergence numbers still have a way to go but have vastly improved from August.

To turn all of this into English for you…  Convergence is what you do when looking at the Magic Picture books.  For those of you who find that difficult I have a wealth of ideas for how to improve your abilities 😉  Divergence is the ability to make a double image into one image.  All of this means the eyes have to work together and always be doing the same thing.

We’re close, so very close.

The next checkup – and hopefully the last – is in November.  Eli is so excited to get there.  He is ready for all of this to be done.

My little man has worked so hard and come so far.  It is showing in his school work.  It is showing in his sports abilities.  It is showing in how much more he is enjoying reading and writing.  He is amazing.

Eli’s occupational therapist has been able to change many of the interventions that she has been working on with him.  She’s able to work on his attention and focus and not spend a lot of time on the visual motor tasks.

So much is falling into place for him.  A summer of work was well worth it.  And, now we are armed with tools to make sure it stays positive for him.

Thanks to those of you who have been supportive throughout all of this.  We couldn’t have done this without you.


About Brotherly Love

I am a mom, partner, teacher and a lover of life. I have two fabulous boys who define my life as I know it. One of my children has been diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder, Asperger's and anxiety disorder. I blog as much about him as I do about my life and the lives of my immediate family.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Moving Forward

  1. debbi henry says:

    That’s wonderful news! Well done Eli!

  2. Elastamom says:

    I am so happy to hear this news!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s