Yes. I refuse to once again look up how to spell that "opth" word...
So Adeline had her check with her new glasses and the news wasn't great, but it's not unexpected. She's really only seeing a little better with them even though the prescription is stronger, and she's still not even close to being corrected to 20/20. They make a HUGE difference for Adeline, but we were hoping for better. We were told that this might be the best vision we can get, but we hope that's not true, as that means a future for Adeline where she will need special accomodations in school and life and will miss out on things like driving a car. So yeah...not so great if there is no improvement or if things worsen, which they are likely to. Along with "high myopia" we also now have a diagnosis of "amblyopia" - a problem in the way the brain interprets visual images. There is hope that now that Adeline's two eyes are both corrected to the same level that once her brain learns how to interpret those new clearer signals more efficiently that there could be some improvement and we could get a little closer to 20/20 with her glasses.
I'm pretty sad and worried about it all, but I know we are doing everything we can to help Adeline see as well as she can and that even if every day of her life is affected and somewhat limited by her vision issues, that it can still be an amazing and wonderful life.
I am so thankful to have the resources to take Adeline to see the eye doctor every couple of months, to buy as many new pairs of glasses as it takes to give her the best vision possible, to have access to any specialist or therapy that is recommended to us and to be able to give my daughter an excellent education using whatever modifications she might need. As sad as I am for my girl, my heart BREAKS for the orphans of this world who might have low vision or a thousand other special needs that are so manageable in Canada, but that can truly make life unbearable for a child being raised in an institution and then facing the world alone once they age out. Oh and how my heart hurts for all the Mothers out there who are loving and worrying about their child's future just like I am, but who don't have the money or the access to the help their child needs, no matter how hard they work. I have so much and have done so little for it, and I know that I am very very lucky.