In the last few months we have noticed that Ally seemed to have trouble with her eyes. She would rub them or tilt her head at a certain angle when reading. We made an appointment to have her eyes checked at KKH.
For her first visit, they did the usual eye sight test and they also inserted drops into her eyes and re-tested her. Some things to note, the first visit takes a LONG time, we’re talking about 3 hours. In fact we were there for 4.5 hours as it was the school holidays and the clinic was especially busy. Secondly, prepare your child for the insertion of the eye drops as the drops sting. It can be quite daunting for the younger children especially when they hear others crying. The drops are inserted 3 times, with a 5 minute interval between each time.
We had a very patient doctor who explained that Ally was slightly shortsighted and that she had amblyopia or lazy eye. The short-sighted diagnosis wasn’t surprising as she had failed a routine eye screening at her pediatrician. But I didn’t realise that she had amblyopia as well. This meant that we had to patch her good eye for 2 hours a day , everyday, to encourage her brain to use her weaker eye. It also meant that she needed glasses to help with her astigmatism and short-sightedness.
Ally took it all in her stride, we let her choose her own frames and a few days ago we picked up her glasses. So far she’s been co-operative with the patching but we shall see. To further help her, I might explore home vision therapy to see if that would help.