Baby V had crazy eyes as many newborns do. The difference was that her eyes didn’t fully straighten out by 3 months of age. She had alternating eye turns, especially noticeable in photos that I had taken of her. Since we were concerned, we had her examined by a pediatric optometrist at 3 1/2 months.
I went into the appointment fully convinced that it was something that would correct itself with time. I remember the doctor telling me that if she finds a prescription greater than a 4 we would have to correct her vision with glasses or contacts. As the exam went on, it was obvious to me that there was a problem.
Baby V’s eye turn was a result of a huge myopic prescription, -15. She came home with contacts in her eyes. The adjustment was rough for her. She actually avoided looking around for days and she preferred just to be snuggled up, face in, on my shoulder. It took time, but eventually baby V looked around and discovered the world around her. With time, we switched to glasses for convenience.
Over the next few months and a few more doctors appointments, we learned she has Sticklers Syndrome. For her, that diagnosis basically means she is at high risk for a retinal detachment. We do weekly checks to make sure she is using both eyes. She has regular appointments with an pediatric ophthalmologist and an optometrist, who ironically is her daddy, my husband.
We feel very lucky that our baby V is never very far from great eye care! She’s 18 months now. Everything looks healthy, she is well adjusted to wearing glasses, and she is conquering the developmental delays due to her vision. Glasses are a part of her life and will be forever. I can’t really even imagine my sweet baby V without them