Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Can you see?

Yesterday we had a follow up appointment with Marley's opthamologist, Dr. Good to check the condition of her coloboma (hole in her retina). It remains unchanged which is good and doesn't infringe on her macula so it shouldn't affect her vision. But I guess one of the risks of having a retinal coloboma is that it can cause retinal detachment. A very rare occurrence and one that Dr. Good has never seen in his 20 years of practice. That's reassuring but we haven't had the best of luck "beating the odds".

Dr. Good also assessed Marley's vision to be 20/20 and that she is slightly nearsighted in her left eye. I am extremely near sighted (well I was before Lasik surgery) but Jason has perfect vision. Dr. Good explained that just based on genetics she has a 30% chance of being nearsighted. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the child won't have to wear hearing aids AND glasses as she grows up.

He also confirmed that Marley has mild strabismus (crossed eyes). He said at this point there is no need to fix it. It may go away as she gets older or she may have to have surgery or eye patches to correct it. But we'll cross that bridge when we get there.

Overall, a good appointment. He instructed that Marley see an opthamologist every 6 months to rule out retinal detachment and he even recommended an opthamologist in Seattle for continued care.

I am so glad 2008 is almost over. It's been such a painful year but also a year of so much personal growth. 2009 looks like a very exciting year. We're moving to Seattle, I'm starting a new job and Marley will accomplish many wonderful milestones that I can't even begin to imagine.

I hope the new year brings you much happiness and thanks for following this blog so far. I hope to be able to share with you all some really wonderful stories in 2009!


Kelly, Louis, and Ruby said...

Hey there! I see you on the nest sometimes and just wanted to tell you that your daughter is beautiful! She truely is a special baby.

Isaac's Mom said...

Glad to hear you had a good eye appointment - We are looking forward to 2009 as well!!! Marley is really growing - I love the new sippy cup picture on thenest.