With Jude’s referral last fall came the phrase “Child diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity of left eye. Stage 2-3.”

When we went and visited her in December there was obviously no way to look at her retina. And I am not trained to do so. But we did notice some additional things going on with Jude’s vision. Firstly, and most importantly, that she could see and appeared to see quite well. It also appeared that she could see colors as she seems to favor certain ones. We however also noted that her right eye crossed (strabismus) occasionally and that her eyes bounced rapidly from side to side (nystagmus). 2 conditions that were not noted by Bulgaria.

Today began the first of 5 specialist appointments to get the real scoop on what is actually going on with Jude in various areas. Today was ophthalmology, her eye appointment. In short we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.

Although we won’t understand the true extent of Jude’s vision until next year when she can communicate better and cooperate a little more: she has NO retinopathy of prematurity. Yeah! Her strabismus will likely correct itself over the next year or two. Again Yeah! The only real findings were the nystagmus, which nothing can be done about (and to be honest I have it to to a lesser degree), and some astigmatism and nearsightedness.

One truly happy family tonight. Hoping the rest of the specialist appointments go this well; including the next one tomorrow.


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