Millie’s been to see the eye doctor again today, says the Lovely Melanie in an email –
She was a very good girl at the eye doctors. We only saw the lady today, not the main surgeon. Turns out they just wanted to do a check to see how she is with her glasses and to carry on monitoring when best to do the operation, if at all.
We had the same issues with their complete lack of understanding about how to deal with children – she was trying to get Millie to look at things that Millie didn’t understand like the alphabet, and also getting clearly frustrated when Millie wouldn’t sit still. The tasks were boring and repetitive, so Millie’s mind soon began to wander and there was no attempt to make any kind of connection with her or take any interest in her. I had to interject with comments to explain it all to Millie as they didn’t bother to try and tell her what they were doing, it was just a case of “sit here and look at this”.
Anyway, despite these issues the lady was a lot less rude and officious than the surgeon we saw before, so I did manage to get a proper explanation of Millie’s problems at last.
Firstly, she is very slightly short sighted, it’s only very marginal, although of course it could worsen as she ages.
Secondly, and this has never been mentioned before, she has a stigmatism.
The glasses are to help with both these problems and she will therefore always need them. The squint may or may not be corrected by the glasses. The doc said that sometimes they do spontaenously correct themselves, so for this reason, and because they don’t want to put a child through surgery at such a young age, they tend to just monitor it and see what happens.
They also don’t want to rush in as it’s hard to gather accurate results from a child so young so they want to do it over a period of time to get an accurate picture (Millie was having problems concentrating on the task in hand today).
Their main concern is to deal with it before she becomes symptomatic, i.e. when she starts having problems at school. They said her eyes are fine for close up work, and in fact she manages to control the squint when she is looking at close range, but it will be blackboard work that will prove harder. They usually operate before the age of 7, which is when schools start using blackboards more and when symptoms start to show. So we are going back again in 3 months’ time and they will just keep monitoring her.
Millie also got a new balloon. It has princesses on it.
So! There we go! How about that? A new balloon!! And…some other stuff…