Eye Surgery! How can you be helpful and be non-emotional during this troubling time? Of course when I was called about the upcoming procedure, I became tearful.
Eye Surgery is a word that parents and grandparents never want to hear whether about themselves and especially about a child or grandchild!
This is a type of strabismus which first appears during the first six months of life where his eyes usually roll inward toward the corner of his eyes or looking at his nose as in the picture below. Or sometimes one eye will look directly at you and the other will be looking at his nose.
We really didn't notice this issue until after our grandson was over six months old.
My daughter and son-in-law consulted with the most experienced pediatric ophthalmologist in our area, Dr. George Beauchamp in Grapevine, Texas, when it was apparent that their son had certain eye issues.
This was discussed more extensively on my page Baby Eye Issues earlier in this site.
My grandson was also diagnosed with significant farsightedness. Dr. Beauchamp's treatment allowed a more conservative approach of patching and using glasses for six weeks to see if there could be any visual correction.
However, the specialist recommended a surgical procedure since he knew from his vast experience that this condition would never be corrected.
Supporting my daughter during the third visit to Dr. Beauchamp's office, he explained that this condition, (infantile esotropia) usually always requires eye surgery to be treated.
My grandson also had another condition, amblyopia (reduced vision within one or both eyes) which had improved by patching the better eye.
This process forces the brain to use the eye with the poorer vision.
This procedure will also help improve the eyes prognosis after the surgical procedure.
It has been obvious while he was wearing his glasses and patching once a day during the last six weeks, that his eyes seemed to be less crossed.
Many questions have been asked about future procedures and Dr. Beauchamp commented that there is always a possibility for additional procedures in the future. This would be essential in correcting other issues concerning vertical misalignment, eye crossing or amblyopia.
He stated that it can be a few months or years in the future. It will always be important for his parents to continue with examinations and treatment.
As my daughter explained from this most recent visit to the doctor's office which was at the end of the six weeks trial period, it is important to have this correction before the age of two.
At that time, his eyes are aligned and binocular vision or the ability of the brain to use both eyes to have normal sight can be established.
This early alignment of the eyes allows for the development of the brain's ability to experience normal depth perception and fine 3-dimensional vision. By achieving this vision, the goal is that he will be able to have normal vision.
If this doesn't develop, then there will be future eye concerns.
In the MedTube video below, is a graphic description of the procedure called "BMR For Infantile Esotropia - Hang-Back Technique" which shows the procedure to shorten the muscles within the eye to correct this esotropia.
Of course, the issue that his Mom and Dad have are that he will have to be put to sleep (anesthesia) for this procedure.
They are very confident in the specialist and the procedure will be performed in a children's surgery center.
What concerns would you have? Or if you have faced other circumstances, how did you face the challenges when your grandchild was ill and scheduled for medical procedures?
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Yes, today was the day that we have been anticipating for the past month.
My grandson had his eye surgery at the Children's Medical Center in Plano. He and his parents had to be at the hospital at 5:30, so we were at their house by 4:30 so we could take care of his brother during the procedure.
Mom and Dad took him to the hospital where the procedure began at 6:30. He was finished soon after 7:15 and my daughter was able to hold him after that time. They were then able to leave after 8:30.
What a blessing it was to see him come in the door later that morning, smiling with blood-ringed eyes, blood shot eyes and a caution that if he cried, his tears will be bloody!
He was given a prescription to take after the procedure. However, before you know it, he is wanting to eat, play with his twin brother and smiling. Oh, we are so proud of him and so thankful that this operation is over.
Of course, his eyes were blood shot and he did cry bloody tears for a short period of time, but within a couple of hours, he was back to laughing, chattering, and playing!
Tomorrow I will support my daughter by assisting her at the post-op appointment. During this appointment, Dr. Beauchamp will make decisions about future patching of his eyes, daily wearing of his glasses and any future issues to be concerned about.
Well, today was the Post-Op Exam and I went with my daughter to the specialist as he checked my grandson's eyes.
He was very happy with his surgery, progress within the last 24 hours.
He told my daughter to have him continue to wear his glasses. He also said not to patch him for the next few weeks. Although his eyes are still turning in slightly, the specialist explained that his brain is redirecting his sight pattern and he hopes, will eventually be corrected. If not, he may have to again have eye surgery to correct this issue.
He will be returning to see him in six weeks!
Today, six weeks after the surgery, my daughter took our grandson back for his followup. Dr. Beauchamp was so happy with his progress. In fact, he no longer needs to wear his glasses or be patched. He wants to see him again after six weeks!
Yes, another question that results in a trip back to the specialist! My daughter asked me to go with her for this visit after we noticed that his eye was not focusing correctly.
Oh, no, tell me it isn't so....but as soon as we walk into the examining room, the attendant referred to his "wandering" eye.
Yes, my grandson has another issue with his eye. He can be looking at you and then his eye seems to randomly, not always float upward.
The specialist came in and noticed immediately that his eye was not focusing correctly so he began examining him with prisms, other devices and distractions that allowed him to examine his eye more closely.
As he explained to my daughter, the eyes had originally crossed and the inside muscle was corrected. Now this left eye's outside muscle will have to be corrected so he won't loose any of the binary vision that he has at this time.
He also mentioned that his right eye may eventually have to be corrected in the future.
Ugh, so yes, within the next few hours, a date had been scheduled for him to have additional eye surgery. March 13th, he will undergo his second eye surgery. This should help correct any issues with depth perception and vision issues that he is experiencing at the present time.
Congenital Infantile Esotropia: This is a type of strabismus which first appears during the first six months of life where his eyes usually roll inward toward the corner of his eyes or looking at his nose
Strabismus also known as crossed eyes, is a condition in which the eyes don't look towards an object together. One of the eyes may look in or out, or turn up or down. The eye turning away can occur all of the time or only sometimes, such as during stressful situations or illness.
Amblyopia (reduced vision within one or both eyes)
Estropia Cross eyed
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