Where are Your Eyes………

This post is dedicated to my little lady and my daily struggle to keep her glasses on her face!

Olivia is extremely long sighted in her left eye. Currently, she wears a +7.50 prescription for her left eye and clear lens in the right. This is because she has better than 20/20 vision in her right eye, go figure! Shocking how they can be so out of balance just the one eye affected isn’t it! What makes it worse is that she can see perfectly fine without the glasses on so she, at the ripe old age of 7!

What makes it worse is that she can see perfectly fine without the glasses on so she, at the ripe old age of 7 has decided that she doesn’t need to wear them! Reasoning with herĀ frame of mind isn’t an easy task at all. But first, let me tell you about how we came to find out about how bad her eyesight actually was.

Olivia’s First Eye Test.

I wear glasses, my sister and mum wear them and my 9-year-old niece does too. But Olivia never showed any signs of needing glasses at all. As she grew from a baby to toddler, what we now know to be quirks due to limited vision, we then just passed off as her being a bit fidgety. She never struggled with anything at all. Never complained that she couldn’t see something properly and there were no visual signs either. No turn in her eye, nothing.

At 4 years old she told us she wanted to wear glasses like my niece. At first, we said no. Your eyesight is fine. She had just had her sight and hearing checks done in school and whilst many of her classmates parents were advised that their children did need glasses, I wasn’t. So obviously I presumed all was well. Eventually, I relented and decided that I would take Olivia to Specsavers. Really it was just to show her that her eyes were fine. The appointment didn’t go well. She hated the checks and got really bored and started messing about. But the optician persevered. At the end of the appointment dropped the bombshell.

Olivia had NO sight at all in her left eye! She never has and has never used that eye EVER!

Well to say I was shocked is a massive understatement. I couldn’t believe it! I mean, how could I not tell?

They explained to me that as Olivia had never used that eye, she presumed that we all saw everything the same way. So for her, it was completely normal. A Small consolation but better than thinking she was slowly losing her sight and not telling anyone.

They put her in a prescription for a +9 lens and made the referral to our local eye department at the hospital. Until then we were to try to get her to wear her cute little Barbie glasses as often as possible.
She was not impressed! I can’t imagine how weird it must have felt for her. To suddenly be using her eye but she was a trooper and took it all in her stride.

Seeing The Ophthalmologist.

When we got our appointment at the hospital they told us that if we couldn’t try to correct her sight she could possibly be registered blind! She couldn’t fixate on anything when solely using her left eye and became very stressed and uncomfortable as there was next to no vision at all.

When we got our appointment at the hospital they told us that if we couldn’t try to correct her sight she could possibly be registered blind! She couldn’t fixate on anything when solely using her left eye and became very stressed and uncomfortable as there was next to no vision at all.

Wearing Patches.

Immediately we started with patches. For 4 to 6 hours a day, she would have to cover her right eye and wear her glasses the whole time. She was amazing, she didn’t complain, well not a lot and understood exactly why she needed to do it. Unfortunately, we had to do this for almost a year. At every check up there was so much improvement the consultant was amazed by her, telling us that this kind of improvement was better than they hoped for. Especially considering the age she was when we caught it. Children’s eyesight can’t be corrected as much or as well when they get to around 6.

Olivia got discharged to a regular optician about 15 months ago. She has now settled into a style of glasses she is comfortable with. I let her pretty much pick her own as I feel that if she loves them she will wear them more. Doesn’t always work but I do it anyway.

As it stands now Olivia has enough eyesight when wearing her glasses to pass her driving test if she completely lost the sight in her right eye and was solely dependent on her weaker eye. She can still see perfectly well without glasses on and prefers it these days. There is no double vision or turn in her eye.

I’m so proud of her having to do something so important at such a young age. I really hope that this is the end of her sight problems after all her hard work.

We have no reason or explanation as to why this happened. The consultant did think that maybe it could have been due to the fact that she was a premature baby! Impatient from the offset but that’s a story for another post!

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  1. Oh wow!! She looks so smart in her glasses! Both mine wear them. What a story! I bet you were gobsmacked being given that news! Great that things are getting better though! #BinkyLinky

  2. I bet that came as a shock, but I'm glad to hear things are improving. Thanks for linking up #binkylinky