When Emma was about 6 months old, her parents knew something wasn’t quite right with her eyes. Even though her first doctor failed to diagnose her at her 3 month and 5 month check up. Read below to hear them tell this heart wrenching story.
The first picture (the blurry one- sorry) was at about 6 months when we had found out that something was wrong with Emma’s eyes. She looks like she is making a funny face, but that’s really how her eyes were at the time.She was born with crooked eyes but her first pediatrician failed to diagnose it at 3 months and at 5 months.
Emma at 4 months
Emma at 5 months
Emma at 6 months
Emma started wearing glasses at around 8 months. She didn’t like that pair too much although she looked adorable.
Emma at her baptism (8 months)
Because the pediatrician failed to see her strabismus earlier on, she developed a lazy eye. She has a big preference for her left eye and will use it whenever she can, so we had to patch it in order to force her to use her right eye.
Emma at about 14 months
Surgery Day. After being on the hospital’s waiting list for almost a year, Emma is ready for surgery. Just seeing this picture brings back all the anxiety of the moment.
Post surgery. First time opening her eyes. The doctor told us that her eyes would feel like sand paper. She was one cranky unhappy baby. It broke our heart.
Sleeping on mommy’s arms.
Leaving the hospital with daddy.
Surgery was a success! We had an appointment yesterday and Emma no longer needs to patch or use glasses (for now anyways)! She will need continuous check ups but her sight is much better now. Thanks for reading.
Emma had what is called esotropia-strabismus. It is a form of strabismus, or “squint”, in which one or both eyes turns inward. The condition can be constantly present, or occur intermittently, and can give the affected individual a “cross-eyed” appearance.
Luckily, everything working out with Emma’s surgery. Good job Emma.
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