Ben had his eye appointment in Phoenix today. Thank God, the news is primarily good.
He does have a lazy eye. Because of this, his left eye does all the work and the "light" has been turned off in his right eye for awhile, maybe since birth. Basically, the brain knew the left eye was good, so that's what he sees out of. Where we can see from the 8:00 position to the 4:00 position with both eyes, Ben can only see from 8:00 to 2:00. Close your right eye and that gives you an idea how he sees.
The good news is that his vision is perfect out of his left eye. So he hasn't been seeing poorly for years. He sees well, just on a smaller scale than the rest of us.
When covering his left eye, he was able to identify one symbol correctly on a magnified eye chart. So, he can see out of his bad eye just not well.
We caught this at a great age. His eye is still growing and the problems can be fixed for the most part. He got a prescription for glasses which we will get filled at Costco this weekend. It may be tough to get Ben to wear glasses in the beginning as he won't really notice a huge difference in his vision until his lazy eye gets corrected.
To fix the lazy eye, he will need to patch his good eye so his bad eye has to work harder. Usually this is done for a few hours a day after school. We don't have instructions to patch the eye yet. The Doctor wants to see him again in one month with his glasses and we'll go from there.
His bad eye is perfectly healthy which is great news and the problems can be fixed. He will probably always need glasses, but at least his vision will improve greatly over the next several years. And he'll get the light turned back on in his right eye.
We weren't sure what exactly we were dealing with, if he could have possibly been blind in the bad eye or if it was beyond repair. So, we are thrilled with the news.
Thank you for all of your support, prayers and love.
We appreciate all of it.