Monday, July 2, 2012

In the blink of an eye

You may remember last year talk of strabismus and pseduo-strabismus (AKA - lazy eye).  Well Claire had her eye check up at Duke in December and everything checked out ok.  Basically she screamed and closed her eyes to where they really probably didn't get a good look at her eyes.  There is no way they could have figured out if she really did have strabismus or not.  Really. 

So since then I sometimes notice Claire's eye (can't ever tell which one) moves outward when she's looking at something.  And then it seems to move back in pretty quickly.  It doesn't happen a lot, but here recently, I have noticed it more.  And I have been trying to notice the where the light reflects on her eye and if it's in the same location on both eyes.  Most of the time it is, but when I see her eye move outward, it is located in 2 different places - a sign of strabismus.  It's really hard to tell since she has such a wide bridge at the top of her nose and the wide folds in the corner of her eyes.  But my mother's instinct is telling me it's more than just that.

Then this weekend, I noticed something new.  When her eye moves outward, she will then blink really hard almost as to focus her eyes.  This just started this weekend I think.  So I decided to break down and call Duke to make her another eye appointment.  I want to get it fixed ASAP if there is something going on as not to cause her any vision problems down the road.  So even though I thought our last Duke appointment for a whole year was going to be this week, we have an eye appointment scheduled in 2 1/2 weeks.  Claire won't get to see her regular eye doctor as her first appointment wasn't until October.  So we will be seeing a new one.  I hope this appointment goes better than the one in December and they can actually see what I am talking about. 

So Claire may be getting a patch is what I am thinking.  Groovy great.  I can't wait to see how that works.  She won't even keep sunglasses on her face for 3 seconds.  As one friend said, she can be "Pirate Claire"!  :)  But hopefully if we catch it early enough it will be able to be corrected easily. 

The Scott Family


  1. You are so awesome for fighting to get it fixed quickly! I know an older girl who has just recently started the long journey to treating hers and it certainly would have been easier if done while she was younger.

    I'm glad you'll be seen in 2 weeks!

  2. Just a thought (and I know nothing since I'm not a mommy)....but what if you video it so that even if she doesn't do it there, the doctors can see what you are talking about. That is, if she can keep herself from going into "actress mode"- haha! :-) We'll be praying for her appointment!

  3. Thanks for the good idea Candice! I may try that. But you know how she is when she sees the camera! But I will definitely try!