Gah! I can’t tell you how long I’ve been dying to use the above title for a blog post about Stella’s vision. Eons. For those of you who don’t know, “strabismus” (defined as “abnormal alignment of one or both eyes”) sounds a lot like “business” with a funny extra syllable in front. So there you… Continue reading Takin’ care of strabismus
Stella has accommodative esotropia due to farsightedness (hyperopia), and amblyopia, which is probably contributed to by anisometropia (unequal refractive power in her eyes). As with our tube weaning story, I hope someone somewhere can benefit from our ongoing journey in the realm of vision. To dive right in, use the links below. Read on for all… Continue reading Seeing
This is a rather tedious post. But I can’t help it. Understanding Stella’s visual issues involves a level detail that hurts my head. I have to give each individual brain cell a pep talk before attempting to absorb anything. Tomorrow, we will attend Stella’s first session of vision therapy. I am nervous, excited and hopeful.… Continue reading Rough patch
The other day during breakfast, I asked Stella to name her favorite animal. She sat there for a minute, with her brow furrowed and finger perched on her lips, obviously in deep thought. Stella then perked up and exclaimed, “MEERKATS!” We saw them at The Woodland Park Zoo a couple weeks ago. Honestly, I expected… Continue reading Broken glasses, stained clothes, and other infuriating non-issues.
Our train, still rumbling through New Glassesville, jumped the track a couple days ago. Stella took an impressive spill in one of her signature, glorious full-sprint to flat-out moments. The temples got bent out of whack. I bent them back into approximate place. That marked the beginning of a new wave of resistance. I’d put… Continue reading Adjusting
I’m thrilled and proud to reveal Stella’s new look. Below you’ll find a selection of the bazillion photos I’ve taken since Friday morning, when we picked up Stella’s glasses. I love her beautiful frames, the TamTam by Lafont in Blue (color code 220), and Stella could not look more adorable in them. I’ve ordered a… Continue reading Baby got glasses.
On Thursday afternoon, Stella’s eyes started rolling in again. All our questions evaporated. She has emerging accommodative esotropia. She really needs glasses. And that’s that. So on Friday morning, we skipped Gymboree and went to find specs for Stella. She tried on three pairs. Go ahead and judge me–I’ve watched “Say Yes to the Dress”… Continue reading Strabismus confirmed. Glasses ordered.
I’ve been hearing that many are concerned about Stella and wondering what’s up with her big blue eyes. To be honest, I keep sitting down to write about it, only to bail out and head directly to gossip blogs or pediatric eye health websites. The latter are now just as addictive as the former–but thankfully… Continue reading Eye on Stella: Strabismus Watch 2010 Continues
This is part of a new segment I’m calling “Eye on Stella: Strabismus Watch 2010.” Sorry. I just thought that was kind of funny. And I’m running with any humor I can find these days. The ER, whose job it is to save lives and not provide conclusive diagnoses, called Stella’s condition “convergence spasms.” A… Continue reading No acute abnormalities.
We were back at the ER at Children’s Hospital last night, our old stomping grounds. It’s a long story that I will tell soon. But all I can right now is “wow.” All the things I thought were so hard lately, all the things I’d been tired and complaining about, my occasional shortage of patience… Continue reading Just, wow.