On Tuesday we headed to the opthalmologist for Katie's 1 year eye checkup. This was her second appointment as she had her first appointment at 3 months old. The appointment was originally supposed to be a few weeks ago but we had to reschedule. This resulted in taking both kids to the appointment. Considering we were there for about 2 hours, they did pretty well until the very end.
The doctor examined Katie's eyes and was concerned with how much her vision had changed since the first appointment. Then he asked if her eyes were dilated and I told him no. The nurse came in to dilate the eyes and we had to wait for a bit longer until they were ready. Once he examined her eyes when they were dilated, he said that the change wasn't as great. But he still did recommend glasses for Katie if we thought that she would wear them.
Michael got his glasses when he was 2 years old and we really struggled with getting him to wear them the first month or so. But he could understand what we were saying to him and I think he could see so much better with the glasses.
I worry about Katie not being able to see but I do wonder if a 1 year old will wear glasses without taking them off and leaving them behind. They have glasses that are virtually unbreakable and could go around her head with a band. The doctor said that what happened with Michael could very well happen with Katie. She may see so much better with the glasses that she will wear them.
It's hard for me to understand what it's like not to be able to see. The doctor gave me the lenses that he was using to check Katie's eyes and put them in front of my eyes. He asked me to look at the TV on the opposite wall. It was hard for me to see it clearly. He said that's how Katie sees it without the glasses. Up close, I could see a bit better.
So now to make the decision on when to get her the glasses. I think we will probably get them sooner rather than later to get her used to them but Todd and I still have to weigh the pros and cons.