Thursday, January 29, 2009

How did we know he needed glasses

So many people have been asking me how did we know Mason needed glasses so young. As most of you know Mason was born premature at 31 weeks. When he was in the NICU he got his eyes checked because his retina was not developed all the way. Ounce he came home we had to get them checked again and it was growing fine. His eye doctor wanted to see him again at 6 most corrected age because around that time is when it was completely grown but on some preemie it keeps growing abnormally and could cause problems.

This is what the disorder is,
"ROP is Retinopathy of Prematurity, which can potentially blind a premature baby. Because a premature baby's retina did not have time to finish developing in utero, it needs to be checked to ensure it is growing properly. During this time, blood vessels which feed the retina can begin to develop abnormally, which is called Retinopathy of Prematurity. (Charles Retina Institute)."

So at 8 months birth age Mason had his eyes checked ounce again and we found out that his growth is fine. While checking his doctor found out that he is farsighted. He can see things that are far away but up close they are blurry to him. This has nothing to do with him being premature and its not ROP. So that was a very good thing. Now the reason he is farsighted is because he was blesses with mom and dads genes. This is something that runs in the family and someone in either Rauls or my family has this condition as well.

We went ahead and got him glasses because he is straining to see up close, and eventually with out glasses his eye muscles will get use to this straining and pull his eye to the middle making him cross eyed. We want to prevent that and all the surgeries that can come with that so obviously glasses where a must. What we are hoping for now is that with him wearing his glasses it will help him see properly and let the muscle grow properly. Also by him hearing glasses so young the receptors going from his eyes to his brain will get the message "this is how you need to see" and there might be a possibility that as he gets older he might not need them.

I hope this answers yalls questions
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