Lilah had her yearly appointment with the Ophthalmologist today at the Children's Hospital. Lilah is seen yearly, because when we received her referral paperwork her "special need" (and I use that term very loosely) was Esotropia. Upon arriving at the SWI she'd been diagnosed with this condition, however, after we brought her home and were referred to an Ophthalmologist, we were told by the Doctor that she had been diagnosed too young, which inevitably led to a misdiagnosis. Lilah, in fact, had Pseudoesotropia. Here is a description of it... (taken from here)
Pseudoesotropia is the appearance of crossed eyes in a child whose eyes are in perfect alignment. This is caused through having a broad, flat bridge of the nose that allows the skin on the inner portion of the eyelids to extend over and cover the inner part of the eye. It is common in infants and young children with these facial characteristics. The sclera, or white part of the eye, closest to the nose becomes covered, particularly when the child looks toward either side. This results in the misleading crossed eye appearance. As the child grows and the nasal bridge develops, the skin is pulled forward and away from the eye causing the crossed eye appearance to disappear.Basically, Lilah has outgrown the pseudoesotropia, we see it the odd time if she is turning her eyes to the far left or right. But because she was referred to the Ophthalmologist at the Children's Hospital, she is being looked after and the Dr has us come in once a year to make sure everything is looking just fine. So today she got drops in her eyes, as she does once a year and after going through the pictures, letters, etc., they realized that she is not seeing quite as well as she could be. Which means? She now has a prescription! For glasses! She was a bit subdued about the idea, and asked many questions about why and how and where and what, oh yes and if she'd actually be wearing REAL glasses?! I'm sure you remember when she went through the love of fake glasses phase, especially the 3D ones! Well, it was all leading to this day when she would actually need them! Ha! Anyway, when we went to the Optician, let me just say one word to describe Lilah - THRILLED - she was super excited and there was hardly a pair of glasses in the store left unturned! She specifically wanted a blue pair, so she found a pair that fitted well... she did all the choosing, because ultimately, I want her to love them. I have to admit though, it was so hard to stand back and not make suggestions! She ended up getting two pairs, one for stand-by, because kids... are kids! Watch this space. They should be ready in about a week!