optometrist promo

I haven’t written in awhile, but there hasn’t been much on the blepharophimosis front to update on. Caleb is developing well and, in fact, seems to have had less gooey eyes in the past month or so. After dismal weather through June and July on the West Coast, summer has finally made an appearance. Since hubby B is a school teacher, we get to spend the summer with him… bike rides, beach, water park, playground, yay!

Since there is not much to update on Caleb, this post is really actually a blatant push for parents to have their children’s eyes checked regularly. Infants as young as six months old can have regular eye exams to “identify and address problems early and safeguard children’s vision as they grow” (BC Association of Optometrists). I am often asked how Caleb’s glasses prescription was determined when he was so young (“He didn’t know his letters at 13 months, did he?”) and how they knew he was farsighted. Babies are not too young to be assessed for things such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, colour perception, lazy eye, crossed-eyes, eye co-ordination, depth perception and focusing ability.

Through the Medical Services Plan in British Columbia, Canada, children age 0 to 18 years qualify for one full eye exam each year. There are also benefits for low-income families. I urge parents to have their children’s eyes examined.

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5 Comments on “optometrist promo”

  1. Matt Says:

    Hi there,
    I came across your blog doing a little research for my own little fella, Tomas, who my wife and I are pretty sure has blepharophimosis. We are waiting confirmation from one opthalmologist and also waiting an appointment with a second who has paediatric experience. We live in the West of Ireland.

    From your photos and description, it sounds like Caleb is doing great and is quite a character. We are just at the beginning of working out the best path for Tomas. But we have one small advantage in that I also had the same condition. I just turned 39 and had a corrective procedure carried out at age 10. I know now that it was a form of frontalis sling, using some muscle from the back of my heel. I can tell you that it worked exceptionally well. I only ever had that one operation and the effect was immediate and permanent.

    So I hope this gives you further reassurance for the future. In the meantime, your blog gives me some reassurance about the present as we have had some emotional ups and downs since Tomas was born.

    Kind wishes,
    Matt

  2. Veronica Says:

    Hi Elaine,

    I am Tomas’ mum and have been reading your blogs with great interest. Tomas is now 10 weeks old and thriving. I would like to ask your advice, what type of physiotherapy exercises did you carry out with Caleb and at what age where you advised to tape his eyes as I have been contemplating doing the same with Tomas.

    Thank you most sincerely,

    V.

    • elaine Says:

      Hi Veronica,

      The physiotherapist recommended that Caleb spend a lot of time on his tummy so that he looked up and developed strong neck and upper back muscles. This was so that he could adopt the chin up posture early in life in order to be able to see with his limited visual field. Here’s a photo of Caleb on a tummy time toy at 3 months old.

      We were advised to tape his eyes open immediately after our first consult with the ophthalmologist. Caleb was 7 weeks old at the time. We were told it would be an effective, simple measure to allow him to develop as wide of a visual field as possible. This is just enough to allow his pupils to be exposed to light.
      Please feel free to ask me any other questions you may have.
      Cheers,
      Elaine

  3. Veronica Says:

    Elaine,

    Thank you so much, it’s great advice and will start a little programme with him tomorrow. Caleb is adorable in picture.

    Once again thank you for your advice.

    V.

  4. patty Says:

    HI Elaine,
    I had my son,just 4 weeks years old. He was born with blepharophimosis as Caleb. My child( Poom )was born at 28th Dec 2011. I noticed that he did not open his eyes while I fed him then I consulted to doctor but she said it normal maybe infant can not opened his eyes within one or two days and she said I should wait and give me next appointmemt with opthalmologist in next month. When I discharged from the hospital I searched from google about problem with my son then I found your blog,now I treated my son like you treated Caleb.I uesed tape on his eyes and hope it work with my son too.
    Thank you most sincerely
    patty


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