Maddy’s Annual Eye doctor visit and what I bring

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Last week Maddy had her annual eye doctor visit.  She was concerned about the drops they do, the ones to dialate her eyes.  She remembered them from a year ago.  Yes they left quite the impression on her.

I was anxious to see what the eye doctor would say.  At her 4 year old well check, she had a hard time with their eye exam, she truly struggled.  Their have been other signs in the past couple months too,  that her eyes have changed.  Maddy has started to sit closer to the TV or stand right near it.  She has grabbed a book from my hands to see it closer.

The eye doctor assistant always does the “game” with her first before they dialate her eyes.  She has to tell her which letter she sees, or point to it,(for a child doesn’t know their letters.)  She played the game with her right eye first and it was clear that her eyesight had worsened.  My heart sank a little as she struggled to figure out the letters.  Her left eye wasn’t as bad.

But I knew after that game that her eyesight had worsened in the past three months.

When the assistant went to do the drops Maddy tried to be brave but she got scared at the last minute.  So I grabbed her hands and held them down and promised her a dum dum sucker for her bravery.   It’s a tradition for her now, a sucker for some eye drops, bribery works.

While we waited I try to bring things for her to play with, little toys, coloring books and crayons.  This year as we waited there was a mom there with two older boys quizzing them on multiplication facts.  Something to keep in mind when Maddy is older.

When we saw her Pediatric Opthamologist he was I believe, a little shocked that her eyes had worsened.  He didn’t say he was shocked, but her astigmatism has gotten worse in both eyes and he said as much with almost a disbelief in his voice.  I then asked him that question every parent asks “Is this normal?”  As if there is a norm out there, there isn’t.  But the question flew out of my mouth.  He said that it is normal that as she grows her eyes will change.

I think I asked the question because at our last appointment, I had asked him if he thought her prescription would change much, because we were going to get her sunglasses.  He had said he really didn’t think he eyes were going to change much for this appointment.  But apparently they did.

It wasn’t until we went to an eyeglass store that I got one of those lovely Slaps in the face that yes her prescription has indeed gotten significantly worse.  The lady who was helping us asked their Optometrist what would cause her prescription to change so dramatically and then told me this.  I had a moment like I did last year but quickly recovered.  It is what it is.  We are blessed it is only this.  There are so many kids out there tackling so much more.

So her astigmatism is now what is considered severe, which means she sees blurry at any distance.  And her farsightedness is a little worse.

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 For Maddy it means, she gets some new spectacles next week, a new accessory for our little girl who loves accessories.

One Response to Maddy’s Annual Eye doctor visit and what I bring
  1. Jessie
    August 23, 2012 | 1:46 pm

    That is a good little girl to have a dum dum sucker get her through a tough appointment.

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Maddy’s Annual Eye doctor visit and what I bring

 IMG_3191

Last week Maddy had her annual eye doctor visit.  She was concerned about the drops they do, the ones to dialate her eyes.  She remembered them from a year ago.  Yes they left quite the impression on her.

I was anxious to see what the eye doctor would say.  At her 4 year old well check, she had a hard time with their eye exam, she truly struggled.  Their have been other signs in the past couple months too,  that her eyes have changed.  Maddy has started to sit closer to the TV or stand right near it.  She has grabbed a book from my hands to see it closer.

The eye doctor assistant always does the “game” with her first before they dialate her eyes.  She has to tell her which letter she sees, or point to it,(for a child doesn’t know their letters.)  She played the game with her right eye first and it was clear that her eyesight had worsened.  My heart sank a little as she struggled to figure out the letters.  Her left eye wasn’t as bad.

But I knew after that game that her eyesight had worsened in the past three months.

When the assistant went to do the drops Maddy tried to be brave but she got scared at the last minute.  So I grabbed her hands and held them down and promised her a dum dum sucker for her bravery.   It’s a tradition for her now, a sucker for some eye drops, bribery works.

While we waited I try to bring things for her to play with, little toys, coloring books and crayons.  This year as we waited there was a mom there with two older boys quizzing them on multiplication facts.  Something to keep in mind when Maddy is older.

When we saw her Pediatric Opthamologist he was I believe, a little shocked that her eyes had worsened.  He didn’t say he was shocked, but her astigmatism has gotten worse in both eyes and he said as much with almost a disbelief in his voice.  I then asked him that question every parent asks “Is this normal?”  As if there is a norm out there, there isn’t.  But the question flew out of my mouth.  He said that it is normal that as she grows her eyes will change.

I think I asked the question because at our last appointment, I had asked him if he thought her prescription would change much, because we were going to get her sunglasses.  He had said he really didn’t think he eyes were going to change much for this appointment.  But apparently they did.

It wasn’t until we went to an eyeglass store that I got one of those lovely Slaps in the face that yes her prescription has indeed gotten significantly worse.  The lady who was helping us asked their Optometrist what would cause her prescription to change so dramatically and then told me this.  I had a moment like I did last year but quickly recovered.  It is what it is.  We are blessed it is only this.  There are so many kids out there tackling so much more.

So her astigmatism is now what is considered severe, which means she sees blurry at any distance.  And her farsightedness is a little worse.

IMG_3195

 For Maddy it means, she gets some new spectacles next week, a new accessory for our little girl who loves accessories.

One Response to Maddy’s Annual Eye doctor visit and what I bring
  1. Jessie
    August 23, 2012 | 1:46 pm

    That is a good little girl to have a dum dum sucker get her through a tough appointment.

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