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doing well

June 17, 2013

IMG_3420Caleb had a regular check up with the ophthalmologist at Children’s Hospital on Wednesday last week. First stop was a vision test with an extremely personable gal. Caleb was tested at 20/25 vision which is typical for a child his age and depth perception, etc. Next stop, the ophthalmologist, Dr. Lyons. Dr. Lyons said that Caleb is doing really well. His visual development continues to be typical for his age. No need for any kind of surgery at this point.

Dr. Lyons was concerned that his right eye seemed to be on the verge of lazy eye so he recommended daily patching of Caleb’s strong left eye for a couple of hours a day. Caleb picked out some fun adhesive eye patches and has been quite excited to wear them and show them off. Usually we do the patching at home, but one day we were at the ball field where Caleb’s older brother M was playing baseball and pretty much everyone we encountered asked about the eye patch. Caleb didn’t seem to care, but it reminded me of Caleb’s eyelid taping days where I would have to keep repeating myself (which was really more annoying than anything else because I kept explaining the same thing over!) Next check up is in 6 months — a good sign that all is well.


Happy 4th birthday, Caleb!

June 17, 2013

Happy 4th birthday to our spunky, determined, imaginative little boy!


new lenses

February 11, 2012

We had his glasses frames adjusted in December (they are often getting bent out of shape) and the optician commented that we should consider replacing the lenses; they were so scratched that it’s a wonder that he could even see out of them. But we wanted to wait until after his ophthalmology appointment to see if his prescription had changed (no sense in getting a new pair in December only to do it again in January). This will be his third pair of lenses… the first ones lasted 9 months and these ones lasted only 7 months. I guess it’s all part of being a rough-and-tumble two-year old boy!

I decided to take him to a local optical place rather than the special children’s one that we’ve gone to in the past (the children’s one requires crossing a toll bridge). The new optician immediately said, “Wow, that’s a high prescription for a little guy” and also asked if his eyes were always this gooey or did he have an eye infection? Me in a bored voice, “No infection, he just has gooey eyes.” She was fairly patient with a squirmy Caleb who would rather have been playing with the toys at the other end of the store than looking into machinery to measure his pupils (difficult for her to see) and eye positioning. In the end we would have to wait for an exact quote because she wanted to call around to see about pricing for special coating and such. Not sure we’re going to bother with anything extra besides thinning them out. Chances are he’ll need new lenses before the end of the year.

optometrist promo

July 30, 2011

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.


May 27, 2011

I was reminded how small Caleb’s eyes are over the past day as he has been without his glasses. We had to drop them off yesterday so new lenses could be put in; we were supposed to pick them up today, but didn’t receive a call from the optician. He looks so different without his glasses on and seeing him like this makes think more about things such as, “Can he see well enough?” And the doer personality in me wonders, “Should we be doing anything else to help him?” But somehow our adaptable little guy just carried on with his day. I have to trust that the specialists know what they are doing.

We got a lot more questions and double takes while Caleb has been without his glasses; people usually see his glasses and don’t really notice his small eyes. Got a couple of questions about whether or not he’ll learn to open his eyes more and the typical, whether or not he can see.

Side note: I guess we must shop at the produce store a lot… even the cashier asked what happened to Caleb’s glasses! 🙂

new lenses

May 9, 2011

On Friday we popped in to see the optician and order new lenses with the updated prescription (0.5 increase in each eye to try to compensate for Caleb’s cross-eyed tendency). We’ve long since passed the “three month Dr. Lyons changes the prescription” warranty so new lenses were priced at $150. However, the optician was very nice and said that since it hasn’t even been a year with the original ones, he would charge us only $100. Thankfully the frames still fit and are in decent shape and don’t need to be replaced.

ophthalmology check up

May 3, 2011

Caleb has been status quo for a number of months now and hasn’t seen the pediatric ophthalmologist since October 2010. This is good news because it means he’s doing well and there aren’t many concerns for his visual health at this point.

It took us an hour to get to Children’s Hospital and 20 minutes to find parking. Brutal. My sister and niece, S and A, met us at the hospital and took M for the morning so I didn’t have both boys with me in the waiting area. Caleb was good while we waited. The other kids and a little container of Cheerios, goldfish crackers, and raisins provided some entertainment. He’s become quite the climber and tried to climb up on this table while holding this huge toy. Eep.

Our appointment was at 10:00 but we didn’t see the ophthalmologist until 11:20 or so. This is typical. I think the shortest we’ve ever waited is an hour. Dr. Lyons covered each of Caleb’s eyes to see that both were being used and also did some other checks with the little flashlight. Caleb was babbling away the whole time saying, “Caleb want flashlight too”. I mentioned Caleb’s gooey eyes and Dr. Lyons asked if Caleb ever went a week without this. I said no, but Dr. Lyons didn’t seem to think there was much that we could do about the gooeyness at this point. Caleb just has floppy eyelids which make it difficult for any discharge to be removed naturally. This is just part of blepharophimosis.

I also mentioned that I had noticed in few photos recently that Caleb’s left eye seems to stray toward his nose. You can see this in the photos below:

Caleb April 2011

Caleb April 2011

Since Caleb’s last refraction test was in July 2010, Dr. Lyon’s decided to dilate Caleb’s eyes next. Dr. Lyons squeezed the eye drops in while I braced Caleb’s head against my chest and held his arms down. Then we were sent back to the waiting area for another 35 minutes. Back in the exam room, Dr. Lyons checked the prescription for Caleb’s glasses. Caleb was very entertained by the moving stuffed elephant at the other end of the room that Dr. Lyons used as a distraction during the refraction test. Caleb’s prescription hasn’t changed, but Dr. Lyons kicked the left eye up a notch to compensate for the cross-eyed that I noticed and he observed. So it looks like we’ll be dropping another $300 on glasses soon… or maybe just replacing the lenses won’t be that expensive?

I asked about surgery in the near future and there isn’t anything planned since the purpose would be cosmetic (as opposed to functional) at this point. Strangers see Caleb’s glasses and ooh and ahh over them and don’t even notice or make comments about his small eyes anymore. Besides, his glasses make his eyes look larger.

Overall, it was an uneventful appointment which was a good.

Side note: There was a medical student from UBC present in the room during Caleb’s exam. She kept looking at me strangely and when Dr. Lyons was busy writing something I asked her what year she was in. She said third year and I asked if she knew my brother-in-law, P. Huge grin and she says, “I thought you looked familiar when you walked in. You look just like [your sister] S! I know [your niece A] too.” < insert It’s a Small World tune >