Lindsey wrote in about her 3 year old wondering if any parents have faced, or are facing a similar situation. Does anyone have experience with a large difference in prescription between the eyes, and either successful weaning from a patch or using a contact lens. – Ann Z
Elise has intermittant strabismus and has anisometropia (large difference between prescription in her eyes). Her right eye is +5 and her left eye is Plano (or no prescription)
We patch 2 hours a day and have been since may 2012. We fully recovered her vision (yay!) Then the doc cut back patching to every other day. This was unsuccessful and we’re back onto every day 2 hrs patching again…sigh. Her vision is fully recovered again however now her right eye more dramatically drifts up, which we hadn’t seen any signs of since before glasses. (I’m definitely interested in patching weaning experience stories if you know of anyone who has successfully worked their child off of the patch for good.)
Our doctor’s next step is getting Elise into wearing a single contact which is our most hopeful option at developing her stereoscopic vision (we don’t know how bad it is yet since she’s only 3 and can’t really tell us what she can/cant see yet). The contact lens sitting on her eye will drastically improve the image size difference between her two eyes which right now is a rather large difference due to her prescription. It’s definitely a journey to say the least!