Emma Has Amblyopia and Esotropia
Emma’s mom and dad noticed that her eye didn’t seem perfectly straight around the time she was 8 months old. During Emma’s 9-month well-child checkup, Emma’s mom mentioned her concerns to her pediatrician. Initially, the nurse wasn’t able to see any issue, but when Emma’s mom insisted something was there, the pediatrician did notice a misalignment. Emma’s mom remembers, “Normally, I'm not a very outgoing person and I wouldn't dare question a medical professional. However, when it comes to your child, sometimes you have to go with your gut and speak up.”
Emma was referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist and it was determined that Emma had amblyopia and esotropia. Initially, treatment for her amblyopia included patching for an hour every day. Eventually, Emma was patching for four hours each day to try to force her weaker eye to work harder. As Emma grew to be a more active toddler, she learned to rip off the patch just as soon as they were placed on her. Even atropine drops, which are used to blur vision in the stronger eye, were not entirely effective and eventually surgery was needed when Emma was 16-months old.
Emma’s mom says, “The surgery definitely improved the alignment of Emma's eyes. Now, when she is wearing her glasses, her eyes are perfectly straight. However, if she takes her glasses off there is still a turn. We continue to see her pediatric ophthalmologist every 6 months to tweak her prescription. We are currently trying to improve her depth perception and eventually she will have what will hopefully be her last eye surgery.”