Saturday, May 2, 2009

Lisa's Story About her son Nick

Lisa’s Story About her son Nick

"Hi Carmen- My son Nick was diagnosed with Amblyopia in K (age 6) last year. His vision in the amblyopic eye was 20/600. It was so profound that patching had to be a minimum of 8 hours a day. I was so proud the first day he showed up at school wearing his patch. He was nervous. We had a wonderful K teacher who let me explain to the class why and what was happening. She then used this opportunity to have each kid cover their eyes one at a time and try reading across the room. We have slowly tapered off and are on our first 8 weeks of NO patching.. YEA! However, we have also learned that patching does nothing for binocular vision (just monocular) and have begun vision therapy. We hope this therapy will restore some depth perception and binocular vision. This therapy is controversial.. And I tell people.. Vision therapy is for amblyopia as physical therapy is for stroke victims... No guarantee BUT we must still try!I am glad Jennifer put us in touch with each other...Lisa"


Anonymous said...

My daughter Dora she is 6 and was also diagnosed with amblyopia. She is 6 on the bad eye and 3 on the good one.

How long time did you patch the eye until you didn't have to patch it anymore?

carmen swick said...

Hello!! I am so glad to hear from you!!
Unfortunately Preston is 8 and still patching! The good news is that if he didn't patch his left eye would not had made the progress that it did. He has been patching since the age of 4. He was just diagnosed also with Strabismus which I was not aware of till his last eye appointment. It is a little heart breaking but we have been on it and I know he will continue to show good progress.

How long ago was your daughter Dora Diagnosed? What is her weak eye prescription with correction? and what is her good eye with prescription? What state do you live in!

I know Dora will get better!!! I see she has a wonderful caring parent that will make sure of that!!
I also have a blog with the Children's Eye Foundation. you could go to there web site they have some great information.
This is my web site below but you can go directly to there's and get some information and also Prevent blindness. I hope some of this info will help you!!!
Please keep in touch with me so I can hear how Dora's progress is doing! I would love it if you would follow my blog!

Our dog Beau

Our dog Beau
Preston's eye patch buddy

Preston and his eye Doctor

Preston and his eye Doctor
Eye Exam

Preston and Beau Eye Patching

Preston and Beau Eye Patching
Eye Patch Buddies