Wow, I had a case of mom brain. I told you we got glasses, but I never explained why. With so many emails, tweets, and Facebook inquiries…I figured it’s time to explain.
Sometimes it’s a curse, other times it’s a blessing but I notice everything.
In this case, a blessing. When Logan was about six months old, I was changing him and noticed a small slip in his left eye but figured his eye was still growing, so I let it go. Then it happened again at eight months, then I noticed on two different occasions his eye was a little “off” in pictures. So at his twelve month check up, I brought it up and the doctor said if I was worried, don’t hesitate, take him to see a pediatric eye doctor. A few months went by before insurance was straightened out, and we went.
Logan’s eyes were dilated and they used pediatric specific tools to measure his eye. The final diagnosis was an Estropia. Esotropia is characterised by the eyes looking in different directions. Esotropia occurs when one eye looks forward and the other eye looks inwards. Squints are very common, affecting around 1 in 20 children born. However, not many people catch the more mild cases (such as Logan’s) and they can become worse. The muscles in his eyes do not work in tandem, yet.
If it’s not caught and corrected within an reasonable timeframe from noticing a “slip”. Left untreated esotropia can contribute to amblyopia, also known as the lazy eye. Once a child has Amblyopia it can cause a serious loss of vision and needs to be treated as early as possible. It cannot be corrected with glasses (like Estropia aka Logan’s condition), but can usually be improved by prohibiting the child from using their ‘good’ eye by placing a patch over it, which means that the affected eye has to start working. So when you see children with patches, most likely that’s the cause.
We will go back to the eye doctor every 3 months for the first year to monitor the condition and make sure it’s improving. The only other options for correction is a surgery (gulp).
Logan loves to wear his glasses, he only takes them off in his car seat, so we save the glass smudges and take them off before he gets in. Other than that, he loves them and gets a lot of compliments.