Last week Nathan had another one of his awful headaches that causes him to be sick to his stomach. Poor thing. They’re almost migraine in nature.
Mike’s mom has mentioned on more than one occasion that his sister would get headaches when she was younger and it was due to focusing issues in her eyes. So, last week when Nathan said to his dad in between the times he threw up, “I watched too much TV at Nanny’s house and it made me sick,” we decided it was time to get his eyes checked out.
I called to make the appointment with our eye doctor knowing that I needed to get Sarah in for a check-up as well. So Mike took both of them this afternoon.
The outcome of that appointment was nothing like what I expected.
In short: Nathan’s eyes are perfectly fine. And Sarah is now wearing contacts.
Yes, you read that right. Contacts at 8 years old.
It boils down to the fact that her vision is degrading so rapidly that we are hoping that the contact lens on her eye will help the eye to hold its shape and keep it from deteriorating so quickly. She’s only been in glasses for about 1 1/2 years and her uncorrected vision is already at 20/200.
Yeah, she’s got her daddy’s eyes.
(See the post from April, 2008 when she got her glasses here.)
They tried to help her put the contacts in at the office but couldn’t get it to work. The poor child just has eye lashes galore to get in the way, apparently. So Mike brought her home and eventually he just put them on her eyes.
She immediately noticed a big difference. Not only did they bump up the prescription again which allowed her to see leaves and not just colored clumps on the trees, but it made a big difference for it to be clear around the edges as well.
She hasn’t stopped bouncing off the walls about it yet.
So here’s to the next 10-15 years of contacts for my girl until she’s old enough and can afford the next new development in eye surgery.
Oh, and if you take your 4 year old to the eye doctor, you may discover that they have their own way of describing how they see the letters on the charts.
They might say a letter is clear or that it is soggy.
Just so you know.