Sunday, January 22, 2017

Eye Dr.

During the summer, Aaron's OT talked to me about having Aaron's vision tested.  She said he was having difficulty tracking the ball when she threw it to him, and wanted us to take him in for a developmental eye screening.  I told her he had just had an eye appointment in May and his eyes were fine.  She explained that this was a different kind of eye exam.  It tests for tracking.  As she told me about it, I exclaimed, "This is what Josh needs!".  Josh for years now has turned his head completely to one side to read and do homework (like he's trying to block out one eye).  We took him to the eye dr a few years ago, and they gave him glasses, but it didn't fix him turning his head.  As Rachel told me about this special eye exam, I knew it was the answer to Josh.  So, I made an appointment for Josh and Aaron to get their eyes tested.  Ironically, Aaron tested fine.  But Josh had major problems.  His eyes don't track and work together, which makes reading extremely difficult.  The good news is that it is fixable with vision therapy.  The bad news is that vision therapy is not covered by insurance and is a half an hour away.  But, we were so relieved to finally have an answer.

As we talked with the eye dr, I brought up Sara and her amblyopia.  He explained that she could benefit from vision therapy too.  And he strongly suggested getting the other kids in to test their eyes (since this condition is hereditary). 

So a few weeks later we got the other 6 kids in to be tested.  Scott took care of the older three in with Dr. Johnson, and I managed the younger 3 with the pediatric eye dr.  

Savannah walked out with a prescription for occasional reading glasses.  Sara was told she really needed vision therapy.  And Nate was told he is borderline having Josh's eye tracking problems, and we get to take a wait and see approach with him.  But the biggest shocker was that Kate needed glasses. 

So, we paid a visit to a cute little glasses shop close to our house, where her new best bud Jay helped Kate find the perfect frames for her cute little face.  And a few weeks later (the end of September) we went back to get her glasses. 

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