Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Little Gage and his eye...

As many of you might know, my son Gage has had problems with his left eye since he was born. We thought at first that it was just a "lazy eye" well I finally got tired of him having to deal with it so I took him for a 2nd doctor (Dr. Henry) to look at it since the 1st doctor told us not to worry about it and that he would grow out of it. Come to find out, he has what is called "Amblyopia". Amblyopia is defined as poor vision in an otherwise normal eye that begins in childhood. The type that Gage has is called "Strabismic Amblyopia" and this is the most common type in children. The vision in that eye is unconsciously suppressed to prevent double vision. It doesn't matter whether the eye turns inward, outward, or vertically, deviates markedly, or drifts only slightly.

Early treatment is best for a child so I am so thankful that we caught it in time. The treatment that we are doing for Gage is to put drops into his right eye once a week. Every Monday we have to put the drops in his right eye to blur his vision even though it is is left eye that he is having problems with. From what Dr. Henry said in Gage's case, he has an extra muscle on his left eye and that is what is causing his left eye to float, wonder, and even get stuck from time to time. So what the drops are going to do is blur his vision in his right eye so it forces his brain to use his left eye in hopes that it will pull the left eye in towards the center where it is supposed to be and so that his brain can train itself to use both eyes. We have to do the drops for 10 weeks and then go back to see Dr. Henry to see if the drops are working. We are really praying that the drops work b/c he said the next step would to be patches and then surgery so we are praying that God wraps his loving and healing hands on Gage to cure his problem. :)

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