Recently, Josie's right eye has started to turn inward when she tries to focus on something in front of her. We took her to the pediatric opthamologist and we learned that this condition is called Strabismus. According to the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 20-60% of individuals with Down syndrome have eyes that are misaligned (Strabismus).
Instagram followers may recognize this photo from our recent opthamologist visit. Both Josie and her chicken got really cool eye patches during the exam:
The solution for Josie's type of Strabismus is glasses, so this morning we set out on a little road trip to be fitted with a stylish pair of specs.
As soon as we walked into the optic center, Josie began excitedly pointing out her favorites:
There were so many choices and they were all so darling!
It's a good thing a surprise visitor showed up to help us make our final decision! Mama Hop even brought balloons to help us celebrate Josie's induction into the glasses club!
Sadly, Aunt Leanne couldn't come because she had to work. She's responsible like that!
While this isn't exactly like the pair we chose, it's the most similar. We will have to wait 7-10 days to receive the actual spectacles that are being custom made for Miss JoJo.
Josie's opthamologist highly recommended a brand called Miraflex because they're virtually indestructible - and that's important at our house!
Little Bit even got to try on a pair. Couldn't you just eat her up?! She looks so studious!
After we took care of business, we all went out to lunch.
Merryn's latest obsession is "Cheers!" She insists upon doing it before every sip. Josie plays along for the most part...
Overall, it was a fun and productive day! We can't wait to see the final result. If anyone has any tips for encouraging kids to keep their glasses on, we'd love to hear 'em!
Special thanks to Mama Hop for joining us on our optical adventure!