Lachlan’s story. We are a busy noisy family of 6. We have been blessed with 2 sets of twins. Lachlan is our youngest (by 1 minute) and has a twin brother. In january this year our world was turned upside down by a freak accident in out toy room. A plastic piece of toy train track was thrown and hit Lachlan in the eye. He had emergency surgery within 4 hours of the accident. The surgeons could not say what his vision would be. He had a 4 night stay in hospital and was on frequent check ups and lots of eye drops. He was recovering well and we started patching.
He wore a shield over his eye until at a checkup 3 weeks after the surgery the dr said he didn’t need to. A week later he got a bump to the eye while playing and all his stitches were dislodged. He needed emergency surgery AGAIN!
This time his eye was very inflamed and getting drops in was impossible. The drs were struggling to examine him and so a week after the surgery they did a general anaesthetic to examine him. All was going ok but we needed to continue the hourly anti inflammatory drops. Countless check ups followed and shortly they found his pressure was a bit high so eye drops were added to his regime for that.
He then developed a type of tinea round his eye due to the shield not letting enough air in. My husband made another shield for him with holes to let air in.
The stitches were taken out in April. The surgeons were pleased with how he was going and we insisted he wear sunglasses or clear glasses ( baby banz sunglasses with clear lenses) at all times and taped the shield on at night. His pressure was back to normal and all seemed to be going well.
The drs decided to do a general anaesthetic in june to test his vision as he was so hard to examine. During this they discovered that he had no lens in his eye. This shocked everyone and they did a 2nd general anaesthetic a week later to confirm it. We were devastated. We were referred to a specialist in contact lenses. We had no idea how we would get a lens in. The drs at the hospital were not very hopeful either.
We went to the appointment in July with not much hope. The optometrist we saw was lovely! He was very reassuring and said he had seen a worse case than ours and he had succeeded with a lens. A special lens was ordered from America for him which can stay in for a month and is a hibrid lens (halfway between a soft and a hard contact lens).