Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The eyes have it
A cataract, that is.
But not in the traditional sense. No, Anna Marie never does anything like other folks!
Her lens is clear, unlike most cataracts where the lens becomes cloudy. She has a bubble on her left lens, which is distorting her vision. Apparently any defect in the lens is called a cataract. And she was apparently born with it.
She can't see very much at all in her left eye without using the right one too - which causes the right eye to overcompensate.
So, she will have "therapy" of sorts, until her eyes finish developing (about three more years or so). She has to get a stronger lens in the left side, and wear a patch on the right side to cause the left eye to learn to focus. The patch only has to stay on for 2-3 hours a day, and she can put it on after school once that starts.
All things considered, it's not that bad. There won't be any surgery, because the lens is clear. She only has to wear the patch for two or three hours, and during one of those hours she needs to do "close work" like reading, drawing, or playing on the computer.
I want to thank all of your for your prayer the last few days. Y'all are great. No, really, you're too modest. I love y'all!
And for the patch - my friend Marcia said she could now be known as Captain Anna Marie Sparrow.
I think she'd like that very much.