She's had an issue with the tear gland in her left eye since birth. We were told back then that it was clogged and to massage it and yada yada yada and it would open on it's own by her first birthday.
Come her first birthday, it still wasn't opened but very rarely caused her enough issue for them to mess with it.
Come her second birthday; same thing.
The tearing comes and goes and really doesn't seem to bother her, so we all live with it.
Then a few months ago (I honestly don't remember exactly when), we noticed that her right eye (not the tear issue eye) seemed to be "straying". Basically if she was ever tired, or focused on something, or "dazed", her left eye would be focused but the right would drift right on down to the lower corner.
Honestly, I didn't think too much of it. We just learned to snap our fingers at her or do something to cause her to focus on us. And that worked. For a while.
It has gradually gotten worse so our pediatrician decided we should be referred off because he was afraid her vision was possibly affected.
So we packed up today and headed into town to see what was going on.
We found out that she does in fact have Amblyopia or "lazy eye". The problem is, at this age, they can't test her vision so we don't know how well she's seeing or isn't seeing. We can only assume that her brain is not getting the visual images it's supposed to from the right eye.
Our solution is to patch it. Every single day for a good 30 minutes a day. I'm thankful that she doesn't have to wear it all day every day at this time. And if every night is like tonight when we try to put it on, we're all going to be praying we never have to wear it longer.
Of course the doctor put the fear in us by telling us that missing one day of wearing it wipes out a weeks worth of work. So the kid will be wearing it.
She'll be reevaluated in three months time and at that time he'll take a look at the muscles behind her eye again and see how they look. If we don't see enough improvement, we'll have to talk other options. That's not even on our radar now though. This patch is going to work.
So thank you for those of you who were praying for us today. I'm thankful that we finally have some answers and some solutions to hopefully get her back on track.
Now my question? Anyone out there have a little one have to do this? How did you make the patch "fun"? We tried to play Pirates tonight and she was not having it. She cried for 25 of the 30 minutes tonight. I'm really hoping that doesn't become routine. Is there any tips to making them wear this? Or just making it bearable??