Asa’s First Orthoptics (Eye) Appointment

This morning, Asa had his first orthoptics (eye doctor) appointment at UHW. It was horrible. My best friend, Amy, came with me for support as Jon was unable to. I felt sick the whole time. Asa was referred simply because he has DS. Some children with DS have problems with their eyes / vision, around 40% I think.

The appointment itself was stressful, both for Asa and I (and undoubtedly for Amy as she had to deal with me!). He had to have three lots of eye drops – amazingly he slept through the first two lots, each were ten minutes apart. After the final set we were called in to see the doctor.

Asa had a light shone in to his eyes, but as the doctor was unable to get a clear view, the nurse had to swaddle him, hold him down, give local anaesthetic eye drops before each eye was kept open with a little metal clamp. Oh, how my precious little fella howled. And oh, how my heart broke. The doctor assured me it wasn’t painful as the drops numbed his eyes; he said it would be mildly uncomfortable and that he was probably crying at being held tightly by the nurse. Even so, it was very traumatic and I couldn’t help my tears flow down my puffy cheeks as I looked away from my distressed boy to avert my eyes from those harsh little eye clamps.

The doctor was checking for cataracts and nerve damage. He was given the all clear for visual problems at this point in time, but will be monitored again in January, and regularly throughout his childhood.

Right now, I am so thankful to God that all is well and that Asa’s eyes are currently healthy. God is good! Join us in praying that his eyes remain healthy and that his vision will be complete. I’ll post a list sometime of all the areas in which you can pray for Asa and our family, should anyone wish to do so. Thanks to all of who you prayed for today’s appointment. -x-

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