More than Amblyopia

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My Moe.  I love her.

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We went to the eye specialist today and Molly has officially been diagnosed with Amblyopia. The easiest way for me to explain her condition is that early in her development, around the age of 1 or 2 he right eye was not focusing properly on objects. Eventually, her brain decided that it was no longer useful and stopped sending signals to her eye. Now, our job is to do some pretty intensive therapy to get that connection repaired. I was told that this is going to be a huge time commitment, not to mention financial. Therapies are pretty expensive (over $500 a month) and not covered by insurance. I can’t put a price on my child’s vision so I’ll gladly pay it. I’m very happy that this is something that can be corrected. Now we get to work! Molly will have her first therapy session in about a week or so. We will also be receiving a kit to work with her at home.

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I wanted to share this here to remind everyone to have their children’s eyes checked, but if you miss something, don’t blame yourself! Molly had at least 3 eye screenings before this was discovered. She has never complained about her vision, she never showed signs of having issues with depth perception. I was even surprised when the doctor mentioned that it could have happened around 1 or 2 because at that time Molly was VERY interested in puzzles and activities that would have stimulated the use of her eyes.

Moe continues to be her happy go lucky self and has been taking this all in stride. Our appointment yesterday was pretty intense.  They put Moe through all sorts of tests and she didn’t complain once.  She loves people and having new ears to listen to all her stories and ideas. As her mom, it’s hard for me not to have this running dialogue in my head about where we are, where I want to be, and my fears of failure.  I’m working hard not to go there and realize that my kid is so much more than this one part of her life.  When I think about it, it’s been there all these years. A light has finally been shown on it and now I have to opportunity to fix it. I can’t express how thankful I am that I have that option.

 

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