What do you mean read under the Big "E"?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

On the first week of school, Little A. said sometimes things look blurry, as the reason she was holding her book so close to her face.  I had noticed for some time that she miss reads little words like as, an, and, the,  they, then.  Yet her reading level has been increasing at the same pace as the rest of her class, despite those some times errors.  When I point out to slow down and read ____ word correctly, she can always get it right, so I did not connect it to vision, but instead to just not paying close attention. 

Any way we had an eye doctor appointment yesterday. They first tested her right side.  It was no where close to 20/20.  However,  nothing could have prepared me for the shock when they tried to get her to read the letters at the same level on her left eye.  They would say, "What letters can you read?"
Her reply, " Nothing." This repeated several times.
They would ask,  "Are you sure you can't read anything on this line?" 
She would reply, " Nothing." 
Finally, they moved it up to the second line from the top, "Can you read anything here?"
" I think that one of them is an "O" ", she said as I clearly saw it was a "D".
"Can  you see the other letter?"
"Alright how about this top letter", as they point to the Big letter E at the top.  

Not the same chart, but similar.

After two techs, a computer, and the doctor who also had a third tech help him all gave her full exams, we were told she is 20/60 in the right eye and 20/400 in the left eye.   The doctor order glasses that will increase her vision in each eye one level, so with glasses she would be at best 20/50 in her right eye and the left eye would be able to only read the second row on the reading chart.    Meanwhile we will get to do eye patches  2-3 hours a day on the better eye to hopefully help the left eye not be so weak.    The doctors said that this is more correctable in younger children and that they used to not treat it after age 6, but have found some kids still respond after age 6, we will need to give it a try for a while.    Meanwhile, we will be regulars at the eye doctor every six weeks or so while she is wearing the patch and they are monitoring whether there is improvement or not. 

 Lastly, he also told me she has astigmatism in  both eyes, in  addition to being very farsighted.  I think my eyes began to glaze over from shock after this point.  So I will have many questions for our next visit in 6 weeks, which will be another full eye exam. 

All I can say is Little A is a trooper.  No complaint, just doing the best she could with a pair of eyes that each have  minds of their own.  I am  rather surprised that we and those around us did not notice sooner.  I am grateful she has done well in school regardless.  She is truly a strong little girl. 


jrkaman September 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM  

WOW! I'm so shocked too! That girl is amazing for going so long without glasses. Did they suggest laser surgery correction for her eyes?

Julia Shinkle September 15, 2010 at 9:34 AM  

It's going to be a whole new world. She is going to look so cute. I was so thankful that Rowdy was tested in pre-school before he went to kindergarten or we wouldn't have known either.

Kim September 15, 2010 at 1:25 PM  

I hope the patches help and that her eyes improve. I see so many kids with glasses and they all look so cute. Aren't you glad we live in a day and age where there is so much they can do to help with eyesight. I know I am because without my glasses or contacts I can hardly see a thing.

Amanda Davis September 18, 2010 at 5:54 PM  

I bet that she is going to just become even more of a super star reader!