Have you ever had a sneaky suspicion about your child's health but been reassured by someone with a degree behind their name that nothing was wrong?
Recently Liza has been having issues in school. Her grades dropped drastically in a six week period. She was acting out a lot in class and during homework. A select few have suggested a behavioral disorder from time to time but upon an informal assessment nothing suggested we should pursue a diagnoses or medication.
Since Eliza was about two I noticed one of her eyes in pictures would be slightly off center, usually her left eye (upon looking thru all these pictures I have noticed she has had this problem longer than that). I have addressed the issue a few times with various Optometrist during eye exams, but nothing showed up. So I just ignored it.A few weeks ago Liza had a school concert. The room mom noticed it, and pointed it out to her teacher. After the concert her teacher pulled me aside and gave my the name of a developmental optometrist and suggested I take her in.
Sure enough! Liza's eyes don't track together. It isn't a lazy eye, it is a lack of muscle coordination the Dr explained. It is easy to fix and usually cured within six months. She explained that often it causes kids to act out when asked to focus because they can't. In order for her to read a whole sentence she must adjust her eyes several times and it can be frustrating. It can be very tiring if your eyes aren't working together on that particular day. There is one other kid in her class that had a similar diagnoses and has corrected his problems in three months. His mother said it has changed who he is now that he isn't spending as much energy on using his eyes.
So next week we return to the Dr's office where we will be teach me home therapy routine to do daily to help strengthen the coordination between the two eyes. We will see her after a month and she will see if that has helped any. If it has improved we can avoid eye therapy in house (a costly ordeal). So heres to hoping it will improve her eye sight and that I don't go grey trying to fit in therapy everyday ;P