Orthoptics

10.30am today, Asa had his second orthoptic appointment at UHW. I wasn’t so nervous this time. Probably because I assumed the eye tests would not be as invasive as before… I was wrong! The same pattern of three lots of eye drops ten minutes apart, followed by a call in to the doctor’s office. There were two trainee doctors in with the senior doctor today. He explained what he was going to do – check the eye condition, followed by a developmental eye test. Just like before, Asa didn’t stay still or keep his eyes open, so he needed to have the anaesthetic eye drops before the nurse held him down so the doctor could clamp his little eyes open, one at a time…

Asa howled, much like he did before. Even though I knew what to expect, I still got so upset – and again, mummy ended up in tears! The poor trainee doctors didn’t know where to look as I sniffled and rummaged for a tissue in my bag. They were male and probably not used to crying women! I hated being there on my own. I know, I need to ‘man up’ as Sian Hampson would say! I think though that any mother hearing her baby scream while being held down and seeing metal clamps in their baby’s eyes would probably get upset too… It really isn’t a pleasant experience for me, let alone Asa…

Next, the doctor told me he was going to check Asa’s eyes to see if he would need glasses, even at this early stage. Oh wow, I hadn’t known this was possible at such a young age, and ‘sicky stomach syndrome’, as I call it, reared its ugly head. Asa sat in my arms as the doctor dimmed the lights and shone various lights in to Asa’s eyes to track his eye movements. I prayed all through this stage, silently of course. When the doctor was finished he told me that at the moment Asa’s eyes are the same as any other typical baby and his eyesight is ‘normal’. Asa will need regular eye exams as about half of all people with Down’s syndrome will have vision problems. Our next appointment is in August, so for now we’re thankful that Asa has healthy eyes, that he doesn’t need glasses and that we have a few months to breathe before his next check up comes around.

Please join us in praying that Asa’s eyes remain healthy and that he won’t need glasses! (Not that there’s anything wrong with glasses, I wear glasses! But I’m not sure about glasses on a baby or toddler – I can imagine they would get pulled off a lot and easily damaged!!!).

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Mummy&Asa 22 weeks old
Much needed cuddles with mummy… Oh, how we love you and your sister.
You are both amazing! -x-

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